The Waconia volleyball team is looking to play more consistency as they head into the conference schedule. The Wildcats have mostly gone back-and-forth in games with a 6-6 record so far, but hope to string together their good games while eliminating the bad ones.
“As we enter into conference play, it will be very important that we are consistently competitive,” coach Katie Keogh said. “For us, that means that we’re constantly communicating on the court about what our side needs to do as well as talking about what the opponent is doing. If we can stay focused on communication, that will help us be more competitive as we play our first conference match.”
The Wildcats kick off the conference schedule this week, having the opener at New Prague Sept. 24 before hosting Orono Sept. 26. Five of the last seven games are against Wright County Conference opponents.
Waconia’s final run heading into conference play included a 4-1 performance at the Southwest Minnesota Challenge before a win at Buffalo was sandwhiched between losses to St. Michael-Albertville and Centennial.
After a tough loss to STMA, the Wildcats responded with a 3-1 victory over the Bison.
“We spent time at the next practice working on focused and disciplined volleyball,” Keogh said about rebounding from the STMA loss. “We knew that we needed to be more consistent on the court to beat future opponents, and that comes down to being focused as a team and playing with disciplined contacts.”
The Wildcats close out the season with four of their last six games at home. After hosting Orono Sept. 26, the ‘Cats host Shakopee Sept. 30, Hutchinson Oct. 8 and Holy Family Oct. 15, with the two road games at Edina Oct. 1 and Delano Oct. 3.