‘Cats start season 3-3

Sam Paulson helped the Wildcats to a 3-0 victory against New London-Spicer on Aug. 28
Sam Paulson helped the Wildcats to a 3-0 victory against New London-Spicer on Aug. 28

Six matches last week have put the Waconia volleyball team at 3-3, collecting a conference win.

Winning 25-11, 25-11, and 25-16 over New London-Spicer, the Wildcats put themselves at 1-0 in conference play on Aug. 28. The match went quickly, with the Wildcats setting up a strong offense attack.
Hosting Eden Prairie on Aug. 30, the Wildcats lost 13-25, 24-26, and 20-25. Head coach Jim Lee called the game “drab.”
“[We] didn’t bring enough to the table to get fed,” he said.
Senior Caroline Jacobs had 17 digs for the game. Senior Anna Pioske had 11 digs and 18 kills. Junior Samantha Paulson had nine digs, while junior Kirsten Wagener had three blocks, and sophomore Jessica Wolf contributed three aces.
After the Eden Prairie loss, the Wildcats traveled to Eden Prairie on Sept. 1 for a tournament. 
Anna Pioske (left) and Caroline Jacobs
Anna Pioske (left) and Caroline Jacobs
Taking on Alexandria and Hill-Murray in pool play, Waconia defeated both teams.
Winning 25-14 and 25-18 over Alexandria, kills came from Pioske (10) and Stephanie Dressen (5). Paulson had eight digs, while Jacobs had three aces, and sophomore Madelynn Lage had three blocks. 
Things looked solid against Hill-Murray, winning 25-7 and 25-18. Pioske (15 kills, nine digs) and Wolf (seven kills, four blocks), led the Wildcats, assisted by Wagener (four kills, six blocks), and Dressen (eight kills). Jacobs contributed nine digs and sophomore Anna Schmitt was credited with 27 assists. 
“With Hill-Murray, our entire offense was really clicking,” Lee said. 
In the finals of the Eden Prairie tournament, the Wildcats fell to Minnetonka and Chanhassen. 
The Wildcats won the first set against Minnetonka 25-19, but lost the final two 17-25 and 13-15 to give Minnetonka the win.  Wolf and Wagener each had three blocks, and Pioske had 15 kills.
Also winning the first set against Chanhassen (25-21), the Wildcats then lost 19-25 and 13-15. Dig leaders included Jacobs (20), Paulson (11), and Pioske (10). 
Pioske also had 18 kills, while Wolf had seven. Wagener had three blocks and sophomore Kia Pankey had two aces. 
Lee said the tournament was good for yielding feedback as to where the team is headed.
“With Minnetonka and Chanhassen, our youth showed at times,” he said. “Yet, we still showed the capabilities that can be unleashed throughout the season.”
The Wildcats at the Marshall tournament this weekend.