‘Cats seeded sixth, host Willmar

Sophomore Makayla Williams

Sophomore Makayla Williams

Seniors Samantha Paulson and Julia Allenson

Seniors Samantha Paulson and Julia Allenson

With a win over New London-Spicer on Oct. 15, the Waconia volleyball team wrapped up the regular season with a 21-7 overall record.

A record of 9-1 in the Wright County Conference, the Wildcats finished second only to Delano (10-0). Notching their last conference ‘W’ of the season, the Wildcats took down New London-Spicer 3-0 on Oct. 15, in a game that was rescheduled from August.

Senior Roz Holasek

Senior Roz Holasek

Winning the first set narrowly 25-23, WHS was down early 2-8. Still down at 12-17 and then again at 15-19, the ‘Cats finally found their grove, according to head coach Jim Lee.

“We started out pretty sleepy in the first set,” Lee said, “but woke up to end on a 10-4 (run) to end it. That carried over into the last two sets as the blocking started to take away offensive options for NL-S.”

Waconia went on to dominate sets two and three, winning 25-11 and 25-15. Junior Jessica Wolf led the WHS attack with 15 kills and four serving aces. Senior Kirsten Wagener had eight kills, while sophomore Makayla Williams added seven. Freshman Taylor Wolf served three aces for the Wildcat effort.

On defense, Wagener and Williams led with three and two blocks, respectively, while senior Samantha Paulson kept the back line clear with 11 digs.

Junior Kia Pankey

Junior Kia Pankey

The Wildcats drew the No. 6 seed in the Section 2AAA tournament, which began Oct. 23. As the No. 6 seed, the ‘Cats hosted No. 11 Willmar at home and defeated the Cardinals 3-0. Waconia now advances to play at No. 3 Prior Lake on Saturday, Oct. 26 for a 5 p.m. match. The winner of that contest plays Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the higher seed.

Last season, the Wildcats were knocked out of the tournament prematurely in an upset to Shakopee.

Contact Melissa Marohl at melissa.marohl@ecm-inc.com

 
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