NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – North Salem’s Emily Dreyer will continue her volleyball career next year at SUNY Canton.

A co-captain for the Tigers this fall, Dreyer helped lead North Salem to their best season in many years, including a home playoff win in the opening round of the Section 1 Class C tournament.

Canton, a village in St. Lawrence County, is located about 300 miles northwest of North Salem.

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Dreyer said the school was a good fit for her, both athletically and academically. She plans on studying criminal investigation at the school, hoping to one day work in a forensics lab.

She visited SUNY Canton earlier in the fall, when she had a good meeting with her future teammates.

Dreyer connected with Canton’s coaches through the app, FieldLevel, where varsity athletes can upload highlights and statistics to their profiles.

Joining the team, she said, “Would make the transition from high school to college so much easier because you have a built-in family.”

Dreyer has been playing volleyball since the eighth grade. “I kind of fell in love with the sport,” she said. “There’s always something happening.”

Playing the sport, she said, has helped her socially and academically.

“When I was younger, I was very shy,” Dreyer said. “Throughout high school, I developed more as a leader.”

Being active in athletics, Dreyer said, also helps her focus in the classroom because having responsibilities helps her with time management.

“My grades are always higher when I play a sport,” Dreyer said.

Dreyer credited her club and high school coaches for helping her grow as a player. North Salem’s head coach, John Veteri, moved her to a new position this fall, where she thrived.

“I just came out of my shell,” Dreyer said.

The high-flying Dreyer is ready to suit up for the aptly-named Kangaroos in fall 2020.

“I’m beyond excited,” Dreyer said.