Tears flowed freely on the volleyball court at Waconia High School on Oct. 30, as the No. 1 seeded Waconia Wildcats were upset in five sets by No. 4 Shakopee.
After winning the first set 25-20, the Wildcats lost a close second set 22-25. They also dropped the third set to the Sabers 18-25. Battling back, Waconia founds its rhythm in the fourth set and made quick work of the Sabers to win 25-10 and drive the match into five games.
Both teams battled for all their points in the last set, but as Shakopee found a rhythm, the Wildcats’ desperation grew and the final set went to the Sabers 9-15.
Waconia head coach Jim Lee said the game was well-contested and errors were minimal.
“Shakopee played very confidently and driven and didn’t give us any points,” he said. “We earned every points we scored, but game them too many to pull away.”
Senior Anna Pioske and sophomore Jessica Wolf led the offensive effort for Waconia. Pioske totaled 28 kills, while Wolf had 23. Senior Steph Dressen had an additional eight kills for the Wildcats. Sophomore Anna Schmitt had 61 assists.
On defense, senior Caroline Jacobs had 25 digs. Pioske (13) and junior Samantha Paulson (12) added an additional 25 between them. Junior Kirsten Wagener had five blocks at the net, while Dressen had another three.
Shakopee went on to win the section and qualify for the state tournament with a win over No. 3 Chaska on Nov. 3. It will be their fourth appearance in six years. They won the Class AAA title three times from 2007-2009.
Look for a full season wrap up of the WHS volleyball team in the coming weeks.