Q&A with Emma Worley

Honors & Awards

  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2020, 2021)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020; Spring 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Nebraska Herman Team GPA Award (2018, 2019)
  • Nebraska Heart & Soul Award (2021)
  • Sam Foltz 27 Hero Leadership Award (2019)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • State Champion Team (2015)
  • State Runner-Up Team (2016)
  • Girl’s All-State Honorable Mention (2013,2014)
  • Girl’s All-State Tennis Team (2015, 2016)

2020-21: Senior
As one of three seniors awarded an extra year of eligibility, Emma Worley saw action in the spring semester of her fifth year. The Michigan native went 1-1 in singles play and defeated Iowa’s Danielle Bauers (6-4, 6-4) at the Wisconsin Invitational on Feb. 6.

Off the court, was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and captured a prestigious Heart & Soul Award as one of Nebraska's best representatives of the overall Life Skills program.

2019-20: Senior (Year of Eligibility Restored Due to COVID-19 Pandemic)
Worley competed in four singles matches and two doubles competitions in a season shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the canceled season, Worley will get a second chance at her senior year with an additional season of eligibility. After going 1-2 in singles action during the fall, Worley was victorious in her lone spring match with a straight-set win over Sacramento State's Grace Dodd. Worley also partnered with Chloe Kuckelman to earn a win at the No. 3 doubles spot against the Hornets for the first doubles victory of her career.

2018-19: Junior
Worley started off her junior year with a 1-2 record in singles play at the Minnesota Invitational from Sept. 21-23. Worley also went 1-2 at the ITA Central Regionals in singles play to finish the fall with a 2-4 overall record. Her top win came in the ITA Central Regionals against Jabrzemski (OU), which she won 6-0, 7-5.

2017-18: Sophomore
In her second year playing for the Huskers, Worley saw the court during both the fall and spring seasons where she recorded singles victories in both. Worley convincingly defeated Anna Talley of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (6-2,6-0) at the number 5 singles position. 

2016-17: Freshman
Worley, a prior three-star recruit out of Northville, Mich. joined the Huskers after being named to the 2015 girl’s all-state tennis team by the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches’ Association. Worley saw limited action during her fall campaign and did not compete during the spring, taking time to practice and add depth to her tennis ability. 

Before Nebraska
Worley was a member of the Michigan All-State tennis team during her junior and senior seasons for singles competition. Emma also claimed a Michigan state team championship in 2015 and then a runner-up team title in 2016. She was also a member of Northville High School’s National Honor Society.

The daughter of Ross and Laura Worley, Emma was born on June 25, 1998 in Northville, Mich. Emma has two sisters, Annie, 13, and Kate, 14. Worley is majoring in nutrition and health sciences at Nebraska. A two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten choice, she is an eight-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection. She was a five-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team and received a Nebraska Heart & Soul Award in 2021.

Emma spends her summers playing tennis, and at the lake tubing and water skiing. She also enjoys spending time with her dog, Izzy.

Why Worley Chose Nebraska
“I chose Nebraska because I love the atmosphere here. Everyone is very positive and encouraging. It feels like the perfect school.”


Year Spring Big Ten Fall Total
2016-17 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
2017-18 1-0 0-0 1-0 2-0
2018-19 0-0 0-0 2-4 2-4
2019-20 1-0 0-0 1-2 2-2
2020-21 1-1 1-1 0-0 1-1
Totals 3-1 1-1 4-6 7-7


Year Spring Big Ten Fall Total
2016-17 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
2017-18 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-1
2018-19 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
2019-20 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0
Totals 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-1