Volleyball grabs WCC title

With a flawless 10-0 conference record, the Waconia volleyball teamed captured the Wright County title last week with wins over Orono and Hutchinson.

Junior Kirsten Wagener puts down the kill for Waconia in the Wildcats’ Oct. 11 match against Hutchinson.
Junior Kirsten Wagener puts down the kill for Waconia in the Wildcats’ Oct. 11 match against Hutchinson.

The Wildcats also defeated No. 5 (2A) Belle Plaine on Oct. 15, to put Waconia at 22-5 at the end of the regular season on a nine-game win streak.

Waconia 3, Orono 0
The Wildcats started the week at Orono on Oct. 9. Defeating the Spartans 25-16, 25-14, and 25-13. Senior Anna Pioske put down 17 kills for the Wildcats. Sophomore Jessica Wolf and junior Kirsten Wagener also had big kill nights, with nine and eight kills, respectively. Sophomore Jenna VanDeVelde had five kills as well.

Senior Caroline Jacobs had 13 digs on the back line, while Pioske added an additional 11 for the Wildcats. Wagener was credited with three blocks, while sophomore Anna Schmitt had four aces.

Waconia 3, Hutch 0
Hosting Hutchinson on Oct. 11 the Wildcats won 3-0 taking the sets 25-13, 25-10, and 25-16. In their Hearts for Harrison campaign, the Wildcats encouraged a white out (all fans wear white), while t-shirts and bracelets were sold outside the game to raise money for Harrison, a local boy awaiting a heart transplant at the Mayo clinic. The team will continue to support Harrison by wearing the t-shirts as warm-ups at each match.

“It’s amazing how a [four]-year-old boy can bring the student section, the community, and the youth together to support a tremendous volleyball squad,” head coach Jim Lee said. “Whereas Harrison is the Superboy we are pulling for, the supporting cast of ‘Batmans and Robins’ that were in the stands really makes our team proud to represent our community.”

Against Hutchinson, the Wildcats had six aces, three each from Jacobs and Wolf. Jacobs led the team with 18 digs, followed by Pioske (12). Pioske put down 23 kills, while Wagener (9) and senior Steph Dressen (8) also dominated at the net. Wagener and Pioske each had five blocks, while Schmitt had 44 set assists.

Waconia finished the regular season with a win over Belle Plaine on Oct. 15. Section play begins next week. The Wildcats will compete in Section 2AAA.