Wayzata Ends Eagan Dream of Perfect Season
For the third consecutive year the Eagan Wildcats are the second best team in the largest schools class in Minnesota. The Wayzata Trojans ended Eagan's hopes for a perfect season with a 3-2 upset of the top seed at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Scores were 25-20 Wayzata in first set, Eagan 25-14 second, Wayzata 25-21 third, Eagan 25-19 4th and Wayzata 16-14 in the final set.
The five set thriller was over in less than 2 hours. 1 hour 55 minutes to be exact. Just as in the Class A and AA Championships the better defensive team won the match. The Trojans had 91 digs and Wildcats 84 digs in the battle.
Eagan finished the match with 10 service errors, Wayzata had 8 serve miscues. The hitting percentages for the match were .205 for the Trojans, .230 for the Wildcats. Wayzata had 68 kills, 29 hitting errors on 190 attacks while Eagan had 60 kills, 19 hitting errors on 178 total attacks.
Wayzata had four players with double digit kills and five players with double digit digs. For the Trojans Sophie Jesewitz hit .274 with 25 kills, 15 digs, Kate Long had 20 kills while hitting .240 for the match. Elizabeth Helmich finished with 13 kills, 17 digs. Setter Olivia Johnson had 58 assists, 15 digs. Ella Voegele led her team with 21 digs.
Eagan three players hit that mark. For the Wildcats Sienna Ifill finished with a .303 hitting percentage and 13 kills, Kennedi Orr had 12 kills, 10 digs. Christine Jurgens hit .242 with 11 kills, Ling Wong had 11 kills while clubbing .200 . Kaylyn Madison was all over the floor collecting 36 digs.
In the fifth set Wayzata had 12 kills and a .333 hitting percentage. Eagan had a .174 attack percentage with 8 kills. The Trojans were the #2 seed and Eagan #1 seed in the tournament.
The Wildcats finish their year 30-1. Wayzata 31-3.
North of North St. Paul won third place in four sets over Minnetonka.
Lakeville North captured the consolation title with a four set win over St. Louis Park.