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Wolverines survive challenge from Rebels

Photo by Brian Hansel Wadena-Deer Creek's Emily Miron (12) spikes the ball against Hawley defenders Hannah Juhnke (3) and Jessy Noreen (2) during an Oct. 28 match at the WDC Elementary gym. Looking on is Heather Theisen (9). The Wolverines swept three from the Nuggets to advance in the South Sub-Section 8AA playoffs.

Emily Miron and Brittney Noon combined for 56 kills Tuesday evening as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines rallied from a 2-1 deficit to oust Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in a five-game South Sub-Section 8AA championship match at Perham's Prairie Wind School.

The top-ranked Wolverines had defeated the No. 2 Rebels 3-2 in the final regular season match for both clubs but it was DGF that grabbed the first game 26-24. The Wolverines evened the match with a 25-22 victory in Game 2 but the Rebels dominated Game 3 25-17. Faced with elimination, the Wolverines responded with a 25-20 victory in Game 4. They breezed to a 15-4 victory in the fifth and deciding game behind dominating play from Miron and Noon.

"This was a match with a lot of emotion and intensity. I am extremely proud of our kids for fighting through that together and coming out with a huge win. DGF is an excellent team and played a great game against us," WDC Head Coach Sue Volkmann said.

Four WDC players had perfect, double-figure serving nights. Noon was 22 of 22 with two aces while Sydney Schissel was 19 of 19 with two aces.

Caitlin Volkmann and Hope Theisen anchored the back row with 20 and 19 digs respectively. Schissel chipped in with 11.

Miron stepped up with a big defensive game at the net. The 6-2 standout blocked 18 DGF shots.

Heather Theisen had a busy setting night with 55 assists.

Emily Frink and Hannah Young led the Rebels with 12 kills apiece while Mandy Mercil and Kyla Otte combined for 39 digs.

The victory propelled the 25-4 Wolverines into the Section 8AA championship match for the fourth straight year. The Wolverines will face Thief River Falls in a 7 p.m. match Saturday at Hawley. The winner advances to the Class AA state tournament Nov. 10-12 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The Rebels, who last won the section title in 2007, finished the season with a 21-8 record.

Wadena-Deer Creek 24-25-17-25-15,

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 26-22-25-20-4

Kills - Brittney Noon-27, Emily Miron-29, Avery Jackson-4, Caitlin Volkmann-4, Melissa Moenkedick-1

Digs - Brittney Noon-9, Emily Miron-4, Avery Jackson-16, Caitlin Volkmann-20, Melissa Moenkedick-5, Halley Maas-1, Hope Theisen-28, Heather Theisen-19, Sydney Schissel-11

Serving- Brittney Noon- 22 for 22 with 2 aces, Caitlin Volkmann-20 for 20, Avery Jackson-16 for 16, Hope Theisen-14 for 15, Sydney Schissel - 19 for 19 with 2 aces, Heather Theisen-12 for 12, Morgan Lugert 1 for 1

Blocking - Caitlin Volkmann-1, Avery Jackson-7, Brittney Noon-3, Melissa Moenkedick-9, Emily Miron-18

Setting Assists - Heather Theisen-55

WDC 3, Hawley 0

Brittney Noon knocked down 18 kills Friday night as the Wolverines cruised past Hawley in their first Section 8AA tournament test on the WDC Elementary court.

Caitlin Volkmann combined with Hope Theisen for 33 digs and was 20 of 20 at the serving line.

Melissa Moenkedick and Emily Miron were steady at the net combining for 22 blocks.

Wadena-Deer Creek 25-25-25,

Hawley 13-7-17

Kills-Brittney Noon-18, Emily Miron-8, Avery Jackson-5, Caitlin Volkmann-2, Melissa Moenkedick-2, Heather Theisen-2

Digs - Brittney Noon-9, Emily Miron-1, Avery Jackson-14, Caitlin Volkmann-15, Melissa Moenkedick-1, Hope Theisen-18, Heather Theisen-7, Sydney Schissel-4

Serving- Brittney Noon-10 for 11 with an ace, Caitlin Volkmann-20 for 20, Avery Jackson-6 for 7, Hope Theisen-5 for 5, Sydney Schissel-14 for 16 with 2 aces, Heather Theisen-12 for 12

Blocking-Caitlin Volkmann-1, Brittney Noon-9, Melissa Moenkedick-12, Emily Miron-10, Morgan Lugert-1