Wayzata earned the No. 2 seed in the Class 3A state volleyball tournament as a sign of respect for the program which went 28-3 leading up to state playing one of the toughest schedules around to prepare the team ahead of a return to state for the first time since 2010.
The Trojans sailed past state newcomer Elk River (16-16) with a 3-0 sweep in Thursday’s state quarterfinals by scores 25-14, 25-23, 25-16. Sophie Jesewitz, Elizabeth Helmich and Kate Long anchored the attack with 13, 11 and nine kills, respectively as the team had a .341 hitting percentage making just 13 errors. Setter Olivia Johnson added 33 set assists with nine assists from Ella Voegele. Johnson added three of the team’s six aces and the team had 42 digs collectively. Jesewitz had 12 digs followed by nine from Helmich and eight from Voegele. Jesewitz also had the lone block for Wayzata.
The victory set up Friday's state semifinal match against No. 6 seeded North St. Paul which swept away perennial power Lakeville North 3-0 Thursday morning. The semifinal match began at Xcel Energy Center at 11 a.m.
The winners from Friday's semifinals will meet for the Class 3A state title at 5 p.m. Saturday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The two semifinal losers will play for third place at 3 p.m. Saturday on the Xcel Energy Center floor.