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Emily Naubert, CHA Senior, Signs Letter of Intent with Samford University Women’s Volleyball


Emily Naubert (CHA Senior, Class of 2019) has made history at Christian Heritage Academy. She may have just closed the chapter on a successful high school volleyball career but is now embarking on a new chapter at Samford University. On November 14, surrounded by her family, friends, Mr. Cook, Athletic Director, and Dr. Hertzberg, President of CHA, Emily signed a National Letter of Intent to play women’s volleyball for Samford University, an NCAA Division 1 program in Birmingham, Alabama.

Emily was a four-year starter on the Varsity team, and her senior year was her finest season. At the beginning of the season, Emily was chosen to be a captain for the team. Through her leadership and inspiring play, the team made it to the IHSA Regional championship match and played admirably to the end. Post-season honors for Emily included being chosen as the Most Valuable Player for her team, and being named to the 1st Team for the Northeastern Athletic Conference.

She was scouted by Samford University early in her freshman year, and after research decided Samford was the school for her. Committing at the beginning of her junior year, Emily is the second Christian Heritage Academy student to play Division-I sports, following Kayla McCoy (C’15) who signed to play women’s soccer at Duke University in 2015.

“I’m so excited to play for Samford,” Emily said of her upcoming college career. “It’s such a blessing to be able to play for such a great school. I want to thank all my coaches, friends, teammates, and my club team, who helped me with this process.”

Emily’s father, John Naubert remarked, “We would like to thank Christian Heritage Academy for reinforcing the Christian values and beliefs we work to instill at our home. The decision to stay at Christian Heritage Academy for high school, compared to attending the local public school, really had an impact for Emily to want to attend a Christian-affiliated college. That is why she chose to play college volleyball at Samford University. She worked very hard and we are very proud of her!”

“Emily is a great athlete,” added Mr. Cook, Athletic Director, “but she is also an outstanding student and a quiet leader who leads by example. She will be a great asset to Samford’s women’s volleyball program as an athlete and also as a positive influence and an ambassador for Christ.”

On and off the court, Emily is known by friends for her kindness and encouraging spirit. She is an intelligent young woman who carries herself with confidence, grace and humility. Christian Heritage Academy has been touched by a living testimony of God’s work in Emily’s life for the past four years as she was equipped to follow Christ in college and beyond. As we celebrate this special moment in our school history, we eagerly wait to see what God has in store for the next chapter of Emily’s life. Congratulations to Emily and the entire Naubert family!

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