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Miron accepts scholarship offer to play volleyball at NDSU

Emily Miron signs a Division I scholarship offer to play volleyball this fall for North Dakota State University. Flanking Miron are Wadena-Deer Creek Assistant Coach Heidi Van Dyke and Head Coach Sue Volkmann. Looking on are Emily's mother, Jackie Miron, and WDC Activities Director Norm Gallant. Photo by Brian Hansel

Emily Miron signed a full-ride Division I volleyball scholarship Wednesday morning with the North Dakota State University Bison.

The girl who broke into athletics playing quarterback for her youth league football team is one of seven recruits the Bison will be bringing aboard for their 2013-2014 season.

"Her athleticism and size combined with her competitive nature will definitely make her successful at our level," Thompson said.

Miron's impressive height has made her a mainstay on Sue Volkmann's Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team since her freshman year. The 6-2 Miron has been a force at the net as both a hitter and a blocker. She has also contributed to WDC's success with her back-row play.

Miron has played on three of WDC's four state tournament teams, including the 2010 team which won the Class AA state championship.

"I've learned a lot," Miron said. "I've been fortunate to get a lot of experience playing. I've learned from my mistakes and how to react."

Miron committed to NDSU in May. The Bison, who are coached by Kari Thompson, were 12-16 this season with an 8-8 Summit League record.

The Bison have four seniors leaving the program, a setter, a libero, an outside hitter and a middle hitter.

Miron believes she will be used as an outside or middle hitter. Thompson told Jackie Miron, Emily's mother, what she really likes about her WDC recruit is her ability to play anywhere on the court.

"She likes the fact that she is a very versatile player," Miron said.

Miron received scholarship offers from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, St. Cloud State University, Concordia College in St. Paul and Iowa State along with NDSU. The Fargo, N.D. university, 91 miles from Wadena, seemed like the best fit.

"I want to study pharmacy there, and I just liked the coaching staff," Miron said.

Emily's older sister, Erica, is presently a student at NDSU. Her younger sister, Ellie, wants to follow in Emily's footsteps and play volleyball and basketball for the Wolverines.

Miron has also been a star on the basketball court, and has received college offers in that sport. One of her offers came from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa., but when she learned a nice trip home at Christmas would not be part of the deal, she decided to play volleyball.

Miron was part of a senior group of volleyers that included Melissa Moenkedick, Caitlin Volkmann, Sarah Craig and Halley Maas.

"We had a good senior group," WDC Head Coach Sue Volkmann said. "Emily is a good athlete and a really great kid."