UC names Emily Macintyre as UC Scholar-Athlete of the Month for November. The volleyball star leads in grades and digs at UC.
The Muncie, Ind., native says, “I chose to come to UC for its great academic programs, especially the prominent journalism program. Not to mention, the campus is beautiful.”
Macintyre admits that it was a challenge getting used to studying and doing homework on the bus and between grueling practices. She adds, “Time management is the absolute key to being a successful student athlete. For any student, their focus needs to be in the classroom. Yet, the student athletes should take that focus to the next level—as soon as they learn of an assignment, it has to be completed far in advance.”
This academic focus has proven to be a lucrative technique for Macintyre. Last year, she won the Mary Linn White Scholarship in Journalism. The scholarship recognizes an undergraduate student who has been an active member of the News Record (campus newspaper) staff for at least one year and who is a journalism major in excellent academic standing.
In addition to these achievements, Macintyre was also the recipient of the Legion of Excellence Award. This award recognized scholar-athletes with the highest cumulative grade point average during the previous school year who are in good standing with their respective sport.
This volleyball season has been bountiful in accomplishments for Macintyre. She recorded her 1,000th career dig in the first match of the season against Iowa State University and was named to the BIG EAST honor roll. Macintyre also registered 36 digs and six assists at Connecticut. She made 32 digs at Xavier University and recorded her first kill of the season with 27 digs at USF. Macintyre earned 28 digs in a win over DePaul and proceeded to make 34 digs against Notre Dame.
Last season, Macintyre played in 37 matches and led the team in with 560—she finished with 4.15 digs per set on the season. She recorded a season high of 34 digs against Villanova, followed by a strong performance in the NCAA second round where she recorded 31 digs against Florida State. Macintyre was second on the team in assists, including a season-high of seven assists against Ohio and posted four service aces at North Texas. Finally, she recorded 27 digs in three games against Rice, WKU and Samford.
Macintyre was a two-time all-state selection at Yorktown High School. She was also a two-time all-conference and three-time all-county selection. Macintyre owns her high school's single-season and career records for digs. She helped lead Yorktown to a state runner-up finish in 2009, capture the AAU National Championship in 2009 and was the runner-up in 2010.
Looking to the future, Macintyre eagerly awaits the start of her exciting career in journalism. “I hope to be a writer for a large magazine in New York City,” she adds.
The accumulating achievements of Macintyre both on and off the court keep UC serving up a high standard of excellence!