By JOE CANNON
The final Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s all-state team for 2017 was released over the weekend, and it included another local star athlete making the Class AAA volleyball list for the …
The final Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s all-state team for 2017 was released over the weekend, and it included another local star athlete making the Class AAA volleyball list for the second straight year.
One of the most dynamic outside hitters in Cleveland High history, Emma Flowers is a strong all-around player as well.
Rarely leaving the court, the 6-foot-2 leaper blasted 848 kills, had 496 digs, 342 service receptions, 152 assists, 70 aces and 22 blocks while leading the Lady Raiders to their second straight TSSAA State Championships.
Coached by her mother Trish Flowers, Cleveland has had back-to-back Top 6 finishes in the school’s first state volleyball tournament appearances.
Both Flowers family members have helped lead the way to 73 total victories and a pair of District 5-AAA and Region 3-AAA championship titles, as well as TSSAA Sectional victories over strong Murfreesboro teams the past two seasons.
"I can personally say we left a legacy," the younger Flowers said. "We left some pretty high standards.
“I feel like I can contribute the same way at the next level. I am ready to work for those great opportunities to come."
Finishing her prep career with 2,508 kills, 1,779 service points, 1,644 digs, 1,229 receptions, 507 assists, 272 aces and 52 blocks, she earned a scholarship to play both NCAA Division-I beach volleyball and Division-II indoor for Lincoln Memorial University.
"Volleyball has always been the sport I wanted to go to college for," declared the future Lady Railsplitter, who has played basketball as well at CHS the last two seasons.
"You can ask my mom, from the moment I was 2 and she started coaching, I would tell you volleyball is what I want to do with my life.
"One of my biggest role models is Misty May Treanor," she said. "She is an All-American and gold medalist Olympian in beach volleyball. Reading her books and looking up to her, it's always something I wanted to do."
Flowers was a two-time District Player of the Year and Region MVP, plus was an All-District Team member all four seasons with the Lady Raiders.
Just after celebrating her 17th birthday this past summer, she traveled to Europe as one of 10 players chosen to represent Bring it Promotions, LLC, U17 SE All-Star Team.
Flowers' trip began in Munich, Germany, where they trained and competed alongside the Munchen Club youth and junior teams.
From Munich, the squad traveled to Salzburg, Austria, for a day trip before heading to Bled, Slovenia, for final tournament preparation before heading to Pula, Croatia, for the 2017 European Global Challenge.
The four-day tournament featured national-select teams from the United States, as well as junior national teams and youth national teams, as well as club teams, from across Europe.
Flowers is the fifth local fall-sport athlete to earn a spot on a TWSA all-state squad, joining fellow Lady Raider Rheagan Hall, who had a Top 5 in the state golf tournament, plus gridiron standouts Lameric Tucker of Bradley and Walker Valley’s Kolten Gibson and Zeke Westfield.
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