Pioske competes in All-Star match

Anna Pioske warms up before the Minnesota High School Volleyball Coaches Association’s All-Star Match on July 24.

Anna Pioske warms up before the Minnesota High School Volleyball Coaches Association’s All-Star Match on July 24.

Waconia High School 2013 graduate and volleyball standout Anna Pioske recently played in an All-Star match hosted by the Minnesota High School Volleyball Coaches Association. The match, in its 26th year, was held Wednesday, July 24 at St. Michael-Albertville High School.

Pioske was selected as one of 21 players from across the state, all of whom either received All-State or All-State Honorable Mention honors at the conclusion of the 2012 volleyball season.

Pioske competed for the Blue team on July 24, wearing her signature No. 5 jersey, and tallied seven kills and 10 digs in the four sets it took for Blue to defeat Red. The Red team won the first match 25-19, but Blue rallied to take the next three (27-25, 25-20, and 25-19) and the match.

Under WHS coach Jim Lee, Pioske set the school record for most kills in a season (490 in 2012) and also set the record for most career kills (1,312).

Pioske has a plethora of accolades to her volleyball career, including All-Tournament recognition when the Wildcats finished third at the Class AAA state tournament in 2010. She is a three-time All-Conference selection, two-time All-State selection, was a Minnesota Ms. Baden Volleyball finalist in 2012, and was named to the Star Tribune’s All-Metro Team in 2012. She was also Waconia’s 2013 Triple-A female award winner.

In the 2012 season, the Wildcat volleyball team finished 23-6, on the season, capturing the Wright County Conference title with an undefeated 10-0 record. The season ended when the ‘Cats lost to Shakopee in five sets in the semifinals of Section 2AAA.

Pioske will attend the University of North Dakota to play Division I volleyball this fall.

Compiled by Melissa Marohl – melissa.marohl@ecm-inc.com

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