She just started her senior year of high school basketball for Nate Malchow at Washington High School, but Monday night multi-sport athlete Emma Hanson announced on Facebook that she is officially a member of the Kansas Jayhawk volleyball program.

"As my days of high school wind down, the memories made in my Washington Warrior jersey will live on forever," she said in a season preview publication.
Asked in Rapid City after losing in the state title match to cross-town rival Roosevelt in November about what high school volleyball was like she said through tears while holding the runner-up trophy, "the best, absolute best, I look forward to the future, but playing high school volleyball with these girls was the best."

We've talked several times since summer and as a self-proclaimed Jayhawk fan, I'm certain she is happy to be committed to the Kansas Blue. I'm also sure her mom and dad, Mary and Tom are both tickled about their daughters decision.

Kansas volleyball’s history-making season skidded early December after a three-to-one loss to Wichita State in the NCAA tournament at Allen Fieldhouse. It was the Jayhawks’ first NCAA tournament appearance since 2005.

This year’s squad finished the season as the winningest team in program history with a team record of 17 road victories and the Jayhawks were just two sets away from being the first Kansas volleyball team to reach the Sweet 16.

Hanson will be playing for the Big 12 Coach of the Year Ray Bechard.