ORLANDO, Fla. — Emily Londot capped a whirlwind fall and winter of 2019 with a solid performance in the Under Armor All-America match Dec. 31 in Orlando, Fla.
The Utica senior outside hitter appeared in two sets of a three-set victory by her Team Pressure, which beat Team Savage 25-23, 26-24, 25-15.
“It was just a great experience to be a part of,” Londot said. “It was just really fun and such a high level of play.”
Londot had eight kills in 16 attempts and added three digs and an assisted block.
“Every time we think that she’s going to really meet her match, she ends up holding her own,” said Emily’s mother Laurie Londot, who coaches the Utica volleyball team. “It was really excited to see her play well. They tended to set away from her block. So, that’s good to see that you’re getting respect when other teams do that.”
She was a part of the gold-medal-winning Team USA in the U18 World Championship in Egypt in Sept. as well as a Utica team that finished 22-4 overall, 10-3 in the Licking County League and was district runner-up this past season.
“It’s been crazy,” Emily Londot said. “Right after volleyball ended, we’re right into basketball. Then, two weeks after basketball starts, we’re into club volleyball tryouts. Practices started in December on top of basketball and class work. It makes my days pretty busy.”
She plays a key role on the Utica girls basketball team, which is 7-4 overall and 3-0 in the LCL so far this season.
“It’s been a little bit more of a juggle this year,” Laurie Londot said. “She missed a game while she was down in Orlando and she’s going to miss a couple of more for (club) volleyball tournaments. These are big-time tournaments.
“We knew going into it that there were going to be conflicts. Coach (Terry) Logue and the basketball team have been so understanding when she has a volleyball commitment and not getting upset when she misses something. She hates to feel like she’s letting people down.”
Emily got the chance to play with a future Ohio State teammate Rylee Rader in Orlando. Rader is a middle hitter from Louisville, Kentucky, and played at Assumption High School, which won a state championship last season.
“It was really cool because we’ve never really gotten a chance to play with each other because Rylee plays up for club volleyball,” Emily said. “So, she was always a year ahead of me. We got a chance to play against each to play against each other at the Ohio State camp. Just being on the same side of the court with her was amazing. I’m just excited to get to Ohio State with her and see what we can do.”
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