Emily grew up in Torrance, CA where she played many sports including soccer, gymnastics, softball, and basketball. She took a love to volleyball in middle school. Through hard work both on the volleyball court and also in the classroom, she earned a scholarship to Loyola Marymount University where she received her degree in applied mathematics. While at LMU, Emily entered the record books with 1500 kills and 1000 digs and is now in the LMU Hall of Fame. During her summers in college, Emily began to play beach volleyball and qualified for her first AVP tournament in 2007 as the youngest and lowest-seeded team (at the time).
Emily has climbed the ranks of beach volleyball by winning the World University Games, earning a Gold Medal in Haiyang, China, and taking home 9 AVP tournament titles including the coveted Manhattan Beach Open back-to-back. She was voted AVP Most Improved Player in 2013 and AVP Team of the Year in 2017. Emily also has a passion for math and teaching; she runs her own small tutoring business called Mathlete Tutoring.