It was a good Wednesday for Emily Miron.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines senior signed her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball next year at North Dakota State University. She was also selected the Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Player of the Year.
Miron, a two time all-state and All-Mid-State Conference player, is the fifth straight Wolverine to earn the player of the year award. She joins Brigetta Berg (2008), Courtney Volkmann (2009-2010) and Brittney Noon (2011) on the list of W-DC winners.
This season, Miron dominated the net much to the frustration of opposing coaches.
“Not only is she 6-foot-2 and can jump, but she’s very quick,” said W-DC head coach Sue Volkmann. “Teams try to stay with her and some do get a block up on her, but her athleticism gives her the ability to go over the top and there is nothing they can do. When she wants to put something away she can and it’s just fun to see that happen.”
The two-time all-area selection led the area with 522 kills and 288 blocks. She added 218 digs and nine set assists.
It’s those numbers and what Volkmann believes is a huge upside that attracted NDSU.
“I’m excited to announce Emily Miron as a future Bison,” said NDSU head volleyball coach Kari Thompson. “Even though she is one of three in this signing class, she is special and will have a significant impact on our program. Her athleticism and size combined, with her competitive nature, will definitely make her successful at our level.
“She is a versatile athlete, which gives her a great opportunity to challenge for playing time in multiple positions right away. She truly embodies an NCAA Division I student-athlete and I’m really looking forward to coaching Emily and having her in our gym next fall.”
Miron said the possibility of playing either middle or outside is on the table for next year, but she hasn’t talked a lot with Thompson about next year, yet.
Miron’s versatility helped W-DC to a 22-9 record and a spot in the Section 8-2A final. The Wolverines also extended their conference winning streak to 33 straight with a 5-0 mark this season. W-DC hasn’t lost a conference game since a 3-1 loss to Detroit Lakes Sept. 21, 2006.
“She just lets us have so many more options in our offense,” Volkmann said. “We can run different sets and different sideout plays. We can run so much more. She’s so versatile. We had her hit outside a couple of times in our rotation and then moved her back into the middle. She played defense, too, which gave us that back row attack option.”
Miron said she’s happy to have her future planned. She plans to study pharmacy at NDSU, but for now she’s concentrating on the W-DC basketball season.
“For the last couple of years, we’ve been really trying to get further in the playoffs and possibly make it to state for basketball,” said Miron. “Especially after not making into state in volleyball, that is our motivation for basketball. A lot of the same girls that played volleyball are out for basketball so that’s our goal this winter.”
As a junior, Miron finished with 402 kills, 65 digs, 254 blocks and 11 set assists. She tallied 200 kills, 33 digs and 208 blocks during her sophomore season.
“She is one of the top students in her class academically so she’s going to do well academically in college,” Volkmann said. “It’s really fun to see those two attributes put to good use and for a player like that to get these types of opportunities because she worked hard to earn them. She’s got a great future ahead of her.”