Blinn College assistant volleyball coach Maina Heming will be inducted in the Independence (Kan.) Community College Hall of Fame Saturday in recognition of her All-America playing career with the Lady Pirates.
Heming played 13 years in Brazil, where she won eight state championships and participated in five national tournaments before going to Independence, where she played two seasons for current Buccaneer head coach Erin Mellinger.
While at Independence, Heming earned NJCAA All-America honors and helped lead the Pirates to a 62-21 record over two seasons. Heming was named the Jayhawk Conference freshman of the year upon her arrival in 2003 and was named the conference MVP in 2003 and 2004. Heming was also named to the first-team all-Region 6 team, the first-team all-national tournament team and the first-team All-America team in 2004.
In 2005, Heming transferred to the University of Central Florida, where she competed in Conference USA for two seasons. After playing at UCF, Heming coached at the Orlando Volleyball Academy for two years.
Both Mellinger and Heming are traveling to Kansas to take part in the induction ceremony during halftime of Independence’s football game against Butler Community College on Saturday.
Heming, the only daughter of Elio Heming and Loive Leia Schunck, is in her first season as a Buccaneer assistant coach.