WASHINGTON TERRACE -- Emilie Volk always wanted to play women's college basketball out-of-state.
She also desired a state high school basketball title on her Fresno State University resume.
One out of two will have to suffice for Bonneville High School's senior shooting guard/small forward.
"I have to be in Fresno in early June for the first session of summer school," said the 17-year-old Volk, who made official campus visits to Fresno State, Pepperdine and Utah State.
"Coach (Raegan) Pebley was a big reason I decided to go to Fresno State. I got along with the team really well, too," Volk said. "I really liked Utah State and it's a lot like Fresno State. One of the biggest reasons I decided to go to Fresno State was to play out-of-state. It was always a dream of mine since I was little."
Transferring to Bonneville for her junior year after Christian Heritage closed its doors, Volk played on back-to-back undefeated Region 5 championship teams (20-0).
The Lakers were 42-5 overall spanning the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons with respective state 4-A quarterfinal- and semifinal-round appearances.
Bonneville's lone season loss came against eventual unbeaten 4-A champion Springville 50-43 in the Feb. 22 semifinals at Salt Lake Community College.
"It still stings, just thinking about it. We were right there," said Volk, who is the 2012-13 Standard-Examiner All-Area Girls Basketball Team's Most Valuable Player. "It was a special journey and we can't forget it.
"Our shots weren't falling (32.7 percent, 16 of 49)," she said. "I couldn't make a shot. Our 3-pointers weren't falling (17.3 percent, 4 of 23). The ball wasn't in our court and it was a bummer.
"It was our focus not to be overconfident, take it one game at a time and live in the moment," Volk said. "I had confidence in my teammates that we could get it done. There was no doubt in my mind that we weren't going to win.
"Personally, I could have made shots," she said. "It was just a matter of not scoring and our execution could have been better. The journey is the most important thing, and that's what you always remember. I enjoyed my time here and I wouldn't change anything."
Lakers coach Mike Russell knew he was getting a talented plus a polished player in Volk.
"No question, Emilie is the best player I've coached in my six years at Bonneville," he said. "The best way to describe her is that Emilie is a complete player. She can play anywhere. Emilie plays inside, she can screen, shoot and dribble and when (Cortney) Porter needs a rest Emilie can run the point.
"I knew she would fit in the first time I talked to Emilie and her parents in this office," Russell said. "The only problem was getting her to shoot more. Emilie was so unselfish. The best part of her game is her mindset and her IQ. Emilie understands the game and that carries over to the physical part of basketball."
Leadership was also another one of Volk's strengths.
"Emilie really blossomed as a leader this season," Russell said. "It's fine to be a leader by example, but Emilie really emerged as a vocal leader this season.
"She is a better perimeter player; Emilie is a guard," he said. "Technically, we start four perimeter players and when we don't Emilie is inside setting screens. She scored a lot inside off that.
"Emilie is a winner who helped get us over the hump," Russell said. "Even though she was only here for two years, Emilie is one of the best players to ever play here and this was the best (girls) team in Bonneville history."
Volk, a two-year starter and four-time All-Area selection, averaged 15.0 points (season-high 24 versus Mountain Crest) on 51.0 percent shooting -- 38.0 percent on 3-point attempts (19 3s) -- and 64.0 percent free throw shooting. She also averaged 6.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.4 steals.
"She was more assertive on offense this season, which was good," Russell said. "Emilie really improved on her perimeter shooting. She didn't shoot a lot of 3-pointers, but Emilie shot a high percentage. She became a better all-around player because of her work ethic."
Volk has played soccer and basketball since she was a toddler.
"I played against my brother, Zack, in the driveway," she said. "I would like to say I would win, but he has some size on me. I think I'm in better shape; our games are similar.
"I can take the ball inside if there is a mismatch, but I feel more comfortable on the perimeter and taking the ball to the basket," Volk said. "My dribble penetration got better this year after I got away from that as a junior.
"I was one of two team captains along with Lexie (Stratford), so I was looked at for my leadership on and off the court," she said. "I feel like we were a pretty versatile team and could go in different directions depending on matchups.
"There will be a lot to remember," Volk said. "The friendships we had on the court and the will to win grew stronger each year. It was a key to my development as both a player and a person. Getting exposed to new players and coaches was good for me. It was good for me to experience that before I have to do it again at college, which has been helpful.
"It was a good two years here and I'll miss it," she said. "Getting the MVP is an honor for sure. I went to Christian Heritage since kindergarten and it was my home. This is my home now and it's been a good switch.
"It was a big adjustment coming to a bigger school," Volk said. "Playing summer ball with my club team helped me get used to a tougher level of competition."