WHS draws No. 1 seed for section volleyball

In the last 17 matches of the regular season, the Waconia volleyball team lost only once. In that time, the ‘Cats finished the regular season on a nine-game win streak and also captured the Wright County Conference title with a perfect 9-0 conference record.

They ended the regular season 22-5 overall with a victory over Belle Plaine on Oct. 15. Winning all three sets over the Tigers, head coach Jim Lee said the team played with drive and defeated a quality Belle Plaine squad.

After winning the Wright County Conference, the Waconia girls’ volleyball team is ready for sections. The team includes, front row: Jessica Wolf, Julia Allenson, Halli Koppi, Steph Dressen, Caroline Jacobs, Samantha Paulson, and Anna Schmitt; back row: Jordyn Goldschmidt, Madelynn Lage, Madison Heckmann, Lauren Brettingen, coach Jim Lee, Kia Pankey, Kirsten Wagener, Anna Pioske, and Jenna VanDeVelde.

After winning the Wright County Conference, the Waconia girls’ volleyball team is ready for sections. The team includes, front row: Jessica Wolf, Julia Allenson, Halli Koppi, Steph Dressen, Caroline Jacobs, Samantha Paulson, and Anna Schmitt; back row: Jordyn Goldschmidt, Madelynn Lage, Madison Heckmann, Lauren Brettingen, coach Jim Lee, Kia Pankey, Kirsten Wagener, Anna Pioske, and Jenna VanDeVelde.

“[A] great way to start the week with a quality win on the road,” he said.

A solid defensive effort by the ‘Cats resulted in multiple players with numerous blocks, led by junior Kirsten Wagener (5), senior Anna Pioske (3), sophomore Jenna VanDeVelde (3), and senior Steph Dressen (3). Pioske had 14 digs, and senior Caroline Jacobs added an additional 11 digs for the Wildcat effort. On offense, sophomore Anna Schmitt had 40 set assists, feeding the ball to Pioske (15 kills), sophomore Jessica Wolf (11), Wagener (8), and Dressen (6).

In demanding Section 2AAA, the Wildcats were awarded the No. 1 seed, earning the team a bye in the first round of play which began Oct. 24. The ‘Cats will host the winner of No. 8 Hutchinson/No. 9 Buffalo on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. The winner will play Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.

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