The Waconia volleyball team has opened the season with several back-and-forth matches, losing to Eden Prairie 3-1, defeating Blaine 3-2 and falling to Chanhassen 3-2.

“We are definitely seeing some positive things in these first few matches,” coach Katie Keogh said. “Our team has a lot of talent, and we will have a lot of opportunity for more wins as the season progresses. We have been working on playing more consistently throughout a match; all of our games have gone four or five sets. Some of those sets we’ve played very well, and in others we have struggled in some areas. Our goal moving forward is to be more consistent in playing well so we can win more of those tight matches.”

The first few matches have seen the Wildcats bounce back from losing competitive sets.

“Our team is very reflective, so we spend a lot of time talking about what we need to do to improve after those matches,” Keogh said. “Then, we work hard to incorporate those improvements into practice so that they translate to matches. The players are able to identify how we can better as a team, and they are very determined to work on those things as we progress throughout our season.”

After four tough games on the road, the Wildcats return home to take on St. Michael-Albertville Sept. 10.

“STMA is a competitive program, and we look forward to the opportunity to play against them at home,” said Keogh. “Our team will have several matches against tough teams before we play them, so I think that we will be well-prepared for a back-and-forth match if that’s what happens. The home crowd will definitely be exciting after several weeks on the road.”

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