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Wolverines collect fourth place finish at Xcel Center

Photos by Brian Hansel Wadena-Deer Creek's Emily Miron spikes a shot in Game 2 against Visitation. Miron had 28 kills and 20 blocks in the 3-2 state tournament victory.1 / 6
Avery Jackson prepares to return a volley as teammate Sydney Schissel moves in to help.2 / 6
Libero Hope Theisen shows good form in recording a dig during Game 4.3 / 6
Miron and WDC Head Coach Sue Volkmann share a look of despair as the Wolverines flounder in Game 3.4 / 6
WDC players, coaches and fans erupt after the Wolverines rallied from a 2-1 deficit to top Visitation 3-2 in the Class AA state quarfinals at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.5 / 6
The WDC starters celebrate a point in Game 5.6 / 6

One year after they brought home a state championship, the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines earned fourth place honors in the Class AA state volleyball tournament.

The Wolverines fell to Jordan 25-17, 26-24, 25-13 Saturday in the battle for third place.

WDC Head Coach Sue Volkmann felt that losing the second set to Jordan was the decisive one in the three-game match.

"We led 24-21 and we didn't put it away," Volkmann said.

Kelsey Chambers led Jordan's comeback by putting down three kills. Chambers finished the match with 21 kills. Paige Smith added 12, Emily Miron collected 14 kills in the loss. Brittney Noon came up with nine kills.


Class AA State Tournament

Third Place

Jordan 25-26-25

WDC 17-24-13

Wadena-Deer Creek

(Kills-aces-blocks) - Emily Miron 14-0-0; Brittney Noon 9-0-1; Caitlin Volkmann 5-0-0; Avery Jackson 3-1-1; Sydney Schissel 0-1-0; Heather Theisen 0-1-0; Melissa Moenkedick 0-0-2; Totals 31-3-2.0. (Assists) - Heather Theisen 29. (Dig leaders) - Caitlin Volkmann 14; Hope Theisen 8


(Kills-aces-blocks) - Kelsey Chambers 21-0-1; Paige Smith 12-1-2; Rachel Freund 7-0-0; Megan Johnson 4-0-3; Emilee Gutzmer 2-3-3; Courtney Smith 1-0-4; Hannah Klegstad 0-1-0; Hallie Anderson 0-1-0; Totals 47-6-7.0. (Assists) - Emilee Gutzmer 41. (Dig leaders) - Kelsey Chambers 15; Hallie Anderson 12

Marshall 3, WDC 1

Top-ranked Marshall shook off a 25-23 loss to the Wolverines in Game 2 for a 3-1 victory in Friday's semfinal round match at the Xcel Energy Center.

Going into the match as the underdogs, the Wolverines lost a 25-18 decision in Game 1 before claiming the second set 25-23.

"I would have to say we played our best game against Marshall," WDC Head Coach Sue Volkmann said. "They were just a better team."

Kenzie Beekman was a force for the Tigers with 24 kills while Morgan McKittrick added 18 and Sydney Griffin came up with 10.

WDC's Emily Miron led all players in kills with 25. Brittney Noon contributed 12.

Both teams received good defensive play. Caitlin Volkmann led the Wolverines with 20 while Hope Theisen had 19 and Avery Jackson supplied 15. MccKittrick led the Tigers with 18 digs. Beekman and Hannah Bennett had 17 apiece.


Marshall 25-23-25-25,

WDC 18-25-13-13

Wadena-Deer Creek

(Kills-aces-blocks) - Emily Miron 25-0-3; Brittney Noon 12-0-2; Avery Jackson 3-0-1; Caitlin Volkmann 3-0-0; Melissa Moenkedick 2-0-3; Heather Theisen 1-0-1; Sydney Schissel 0-2-0; Totals 46-2-6.0. (Assists) - Heather Theisen 40. (Dig leaders) - Caitlin Volkmann 20; Hope Theisen 19; Avery Jackson 15; Heather Theisen 8


(Kills-aces-blocks) - Kenzie Beekman 24-1-2;Morgan McKittrick 19-1-2; Sydney Griffin 10-1-2; Jessica Baker 9-2-5; Angela Tauer 1-0-3; Maci Louwagie 0-1-1; Hannah Bennett 0-1-0; 7-8.0. (Assists) - Sydney Griffin 28; Jessica Baker 24. (Dig leaders) - Morgan McKittrick 18; Hannah Bennett 17; Kenzie Beekman 17; Jessica Baker 8

WDC 3, Visitation 2

The unranked Blazers surprised the fourth-seeded Wolverines but could not put the defending state champs away in Thursday's quarterfinal round.

After breezing to a 25-12 victory in the opening set, the Wolverines lost 25-18 and 25-22 putting the Blazers in the driver's seat.

"In the second and third games they kind of setled in," WDC Head Coach Sue Volkmann said. "We just had everyone standing around."

The Wolverines reeled off six straight points early in Game 4 to grab a 9-5 advantage and then went on to out-score Visitation 14-10 the rest of the way for a 25-15 win.

Game 5 belonged to the Wolverines from the beginning as they scored six straight points before the Blazers could stop the strong serving of Caitlin Volkmann.

Emily Miron and Brittney Noon had 27 and 16 kills respectively while Hope Theisen led a double figure dig effort by five WDC players with 24.

Anne Debertin was Visitation's kill leader with 19 and dig leader with 20.


WDC 25-18-22-25-15,

Visitation 12-25-25-15-3


(Kills-aces-blocks) - Anne Debertin 19-0-2; Mary Mullen 10-0-5; Samatha Dumler 9-0-1; Elsa Ayotte 6-0-1; Martha DeMeules 2-1-1; Katie Supplee 1-0-0; Kayla Adducci 0-2-3; Totals 47-3-6.5. (Assists) - Kayla Adducci 40. (Dig leaders) - Anne Debertin 20; Katie Supplee 18; Kayla Adducci 12; Martha DeMeules 10; Samatha Dumler 8

Wadena-Deer Creek

(Kills-aces-blocks) - Emily Miron 27-0-7; Brittney Noon 16-2-0; Caitlin Volkmann 6-1-1; Avery Jackson 2-3-1; Melissa Moenkedick 1-0-2; Hope Theisen 1-0-0; Heather Theisen 1-0-1; Sydney Schissel 0-2-0; Totals 54-8-9.0. (Assists) - Heather Theisen 39. (Dig leaders) - Hope Theisen 24; Caitlin Volkmann 19; Heather Theisen 11; Sydney Schissel 10; Avery Jackson 10