Emily Miron is headed west, but not before she takes care of business at home.
The senior middle hitter will take her volleyball talents to North Dakota State University next season as she committed to the Division I University in Fargo.
But until that happens, she has committed to helping perennial state participant Wadena-Deer Creek continue its stranglehold on Section 8-2A.
“We’re definitely the team to beat in the section and I feel like everyone else is out to get us, but that’s good,” said Miron. “We play a tough schedule and that definitely helps, too. We play Moorhead and Bemidji, who went to state last year. They’re all really good and knowing we can play with them gives us confidence.”
Having the 6-foot-2 Miron as a teammate would give anyone confidence.
She finished with 20 kills, nine blocks, four digs and one set assist against Breckenridge Sept. 6.
In W-DC’s season opener Aug. 30 against Moorhead, Miron finished with 20 kills, nine blocks and nine digs, helping the Wolverines to a 3-1 victory.
“She’s just getting stronger and stronger and growing into her 6-2 frame,” said W-DC head coach Sue Volkmann. “What really stands out is how quick she is. She can get down to the floor fast. She’s really quick for a 6-2 kid at that age.”
An improved defensive game has allowed the four-year varsity player to remain in the rotation into the back row. That’s also helped W-DC’s offense as Miron is a talented back row attacker.
“It’s been different and a lot more tiring,” Miron said. “Attacking from the back row is different because you can’t really hit it that much down because you’re in the back row. It’s hard to aim where you want to go.”
On Tuesday, Miron added 34 kills, 10 digs and four blocks in a 3-1 defeat of Sebeka to move Class 2A’s seventh-ranked team to 4-0 on the season.
Miron credits her setter, Heather Thiesen, for her success, but a wealth of varsity experience helps, too.
“She can read defenses now and has the ability to put the ball where she wants,” said Volkmann. “She can go down the line or go cross-court and she hits from the outside sometimes, too. When she does that, there aren’t too many blocks that can get up that high to stop her.”
Last season, Miron finished with 402 kills, 65 digs, 254 blocks and 11 set assists leading to all-state, All-Mid-State Conference and Brainerd Dispatch All-Area honors.
“I think she has put in her time to get better,” Volkmann said. “She plays on our Junior Olympic teams and goes to camps and she works out in the summer. She has put in her time to be the player she is.”
Other notable performances:
Cross country: Margaret Stokman, Crosby-Ironton, won the Pequot Lakes Invite in 18:14.
Swimming: Jaelin Beachy, Staples-Motley, won the 50-yard freestyle and 100 breaststroke and was part of the winning 200 medley relay against Detroit Lakes.
Jenessa Iverson, Staples-Motley, won the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke and was part of the winning 200 medley relay against Detroit Lakes.
Volleyball: Noelle Kurowski, Little Falls, finished with 12 ace serves, seven digs, six kills and a set assist against Foley.
Bridget Bednar, Pierz, finished with 15 digs, 13 kills, seen ace serves and three blocks against Holdingford.
Kelly Pearson, Staples-Motley, finished with 18 digs, 17 kills and three blocks against Park Rapids.
Teresa Moenkedick, Verndale, finished with 22 digs, 14 kills, three set assists and two ace serves against Menahga.
Jordyn Glenz, Verndale, finished with 11 digs, 11 kills, one set assist and one ace serve against Menahga.
Brittany Kelley, Pine River-Backus, finished with 20 kills, 12 blocks, two ace serves, two digs and one set assist at the Pequot Lakes Invite.
Abby Palmer, Pequot Lakes, finished with 22 kills, 13 digs and one ace serve at the Pequot Lakes Invite.
Jenae Herron, Aitkin, finished with 30 kills and five ace serves at the Ogilvie Invite.
Hallie Schmidt, Crosby-Ironton, finished with 24 kills, 15 digs, seven ace serves and one block at the Pine City tournament.