After a 3-0 win over No. 11 Willmar last Tuesday, the No. 6 Waconia girls’ volleyball team continued to push through the Section 2AA tournament, upsetting No. 3 Prior Lake 3-0 on Oct. 26.
Hosting Willmar on Oct. 22, the ‘Cats made quick work of the Cardinals, winning 3-0. Junior Jessica Wolf and sophomore Makayla Williams led the Wildcats at the net, collecting 13 and 10 kills, respectively. Senior Kirsten Wagener added six kills to the WHS effort, while junior Anna Schmitt had 33 assists.
Wolf also had three blocks on defense, while senior Sam Paulson (8 digs), senior Julia Allenson (7), and junior Kia Pankey (6) tallied 21 digs together.
Waconia advanced to face the No. 3 Lakers of Prior Lake on Oct. 26, surprising the Lakers in a 3-0 sweep. The ‘Cats took an early 15-5 lead over Prior Lake and won the first set 25-21, before taking sets two and three 25-22.
WHS head coach Jim Lee said the Wildcats played with great team energy.
“We’re peaking at the right time of the year,” he said. “Jenna (Van De Velde) and Jess (Wolf) put down some great balls today.”
Wolf had 17 kills against the Lakers, while Van De Velde and Williams each had eight. Schmitt had 34 assists. Paulson picked up seven digs on defense.
With Prior Lake eliminated, the Wildcats advanced to play at No. 2 Delano on Tuesday night. The Wildcats and the Tigers met just once this season, in Waconia’s second match of 2013. In that match up, the Wildcats fell 3-1 on Sept. 3. Since then, the Wildcats have won 23 matches, including an 11-game winning streak in late September and early October.
The winner of Tuesday night’s match advances to play the winner of No. 1 Chaska/No. 4 Buffalo on Saturday evening at the higher seed.
On Oct. 29, the Wildcats’ volleyball season ended with a 3-0 loss at No. 2 Delano. See next week’s Patriot for that story.
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