Wadena-Deer Creek senior Casey Volkmann signed a letter of intent this week to play volleyball for Winona State University next season.

WDC head volleyball coach Sue Volkmann said she is excited to see one of her players -- who is also her daughter -- move on to the next level.   

“I’m really happy for her because it’s a goal she’s always had. She’s competitive and she’s anxious to play in that competitive atmosphere,” Sue Volkmann said.

Volkmann is a 5-foot-8-inch outside hitter, who is a six-year varsity player and five-year starter for the Wolverines. She played her final season as a WDC volleyball player at the State Class A Tourney this fall, capping off the team’s run with a fourth-place finish. This season, Volkmann finished her career with 2,063 kills, along with 2,018 digs, 325 aces, and 118 blocks.

WDC Activities Director Norm Gallant described Volkmann as not only a great volleyball player and athlete, but also a great student.

“Casey works very hard, is dedicated and talented. She has a great personality and is a leader here at WDC. Winona State is getting a super student-athlete and I have no doubt that she will be successful as she moves to the bigger stage,” Gallant said.

Volkmann maintains a 4.0 grade-point average and is a member of WDC’s National Honor Society. She’s also involved in Knowledge Bowl, band, jazz band, choir, student council and served as a peer mentor.

Volkmann said she chose Winona State University because it was a good fit for her.

“I like the smaller campus and I really liked the volleyball coaching staff,” said Volkmann, who grew up watching her two older sisters, Courtney and Caitlin, play volleyball in state tournaments at WDC as well as play college volleyball at Bemidji State University.

Volkmann said she plans to study mathematics at Winona State.