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Emma Granger

Robert Morris University
Middle Blocker


A psychology major with a 3.74 cumulative GPA on track to graduate in May 2021, Granger is a three-time Northeast Conference (NEC) Academic Honor Roll recipient and made the 2020 Horizon League Fall Academic Honor Roll. She has been on the Dean’s List in each of her seven semesters and received the Independence Scholarship from RMU. Granger is a member of Psi Chi, which is the national fraternity for psychology, and was accepted into the Clinical Psychology undergraduate program at the university.


Granger serves as the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) President at RMU and is also a lead tutor for both the athletic study hall program and tutoring center. She is in the Colonial Leadership Academy, which exists to provide an opportunity for student-athletes to lay the groundwork for a successful collegiate career and productive future post-graduation. Granger is a two-year team captain and last season helped the team overcome a bevy of injuries and a healthy roster of just 11 players to win the program’s first regular-season conference championship in 11 seasons. She has overcome adversity herself, recovering from a meniscus tear from the spring of her freshman year to put forth an All-NEC first team campaign as a sophomore. She also came back from an ankle injury that sidelined her the first nine matches of 2021 to return on March 2.


Granger has given her time to a multitude of different organizations while at RMU. In the summer of 2019, she volunteered at the Canton COMPASS Rape Crisis center, and interned as a mentor at CommQuest Services at the Bright and Smith Houses, which are inpatient rehabilitation facilities for teenagers recovering from drug addiction and trauma. Granger helps coach at Elite Sports Ohio in Uniontown, leading their summer camps and offering private lessons, and also lends her expertise as a volunteer coach at Pittsburgh Elite Volleyball during the school year. As the SAAC President at RMU, she has helped with the organization’s food drive and other programs, and volunteered at last year’s RMU Day of Service with her teammates.


Granger will go down as one of the best volleyball players ever at RMU. She is the first volleyball student-athlete to be named to All-Region and All-America teams, accomplishing the feat in the 2019 season. As a junior, Granger earned All-America Honorable Mention by VolleyballMag.com, All-Region Honorable Mention by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), NEC Player of the Year unanimously, East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Offensive Player of the Year, All-NEC first team, All-ECAC Team, and NEC All-Tournament Team. She collected a conference record-tying seven Molten/NEC Player of the Week accolades in 2019 and was bestowed with three Defensive Player of the Week nods as well. Additionally, Granger was named All-NEC first team in 2017 and 2018 and collected NEC Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman. In 2019, she ranked sixth nationally in blocks per set (1.50), ninth in aces per set (0.56), and 23rd in points per set (5.03). Granger owns the RMU career record in service aces (179) and occupies the top two and three of the top five slots in single-season aces. She also ranks third all-time in hitting percentage (.335), fourth in block assists (330), and seventh in total blocks (379). Granger’s 2019 total block number of 160 is the most in a RMU season dating back to 1999 and she also owns RMU single-match records in kills, points, and block assists, the four-set record in kills and points, and the five-set record in service aces.