1 - Emily Sanders
Emily Sanders
Height: 5-6
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Sullivan, Ill.
High School: Sullivan
Position: S
High School: A four-year letterwinner and three-time MVP and Defensive Dig award winner for Sullivan, helping the team to back-to-back regional titles to cap her career ... Earned Special Mention Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette All-State honors after averaging 0.9 aces, 3.7 digs and 5.9 assists per set as a senior ... Also earned News-Gazette All-Area honors ... Earned an Illinois State Scholar award ... Averaged 1.5 aces, 6.1 assists and 1.9 digs per set as a junior, earning a spot on the special mention all-state team ... Earned First Team All-Okaw Conference honors, her first of three all-conference nods, as a sophomore while helping the Redskins to a regional title ... Played with the Illini Elite Volleyball Club, helping the 15-under team to a second-place finish in the National Division at the USA Volleyball National Championships in 2006. Personal: Born on Nov. 20, 1990 ... Daughter of Howard and Sandy Sanders ... Has an older sister, Jordan ... Major is Spanish ... Hobbies include painting fingernails, making friendship bracelets, dancing and tubing ... Favorite sports figure is Olympic gold medalist beach volleyball player Misty May ... Favorite movie is "Stepbrothers" ... Favorite foods are pizza and mashed potatoes ... Favorite musical group is Lady Antebellum ... Favorite actor is Patrick Dempsey ... Favorite actresses are Jennifer Aniston and Katherine Heigl ... Enjoys reading The Twilight Series ... Dream job is to teach Hispanic children English as a missionary.