Dan Gustafson - Publisher
The 2021 Wayzata Volleyball team may be the best high school team that has ever played in the State of Minnesota.
They finished a perfect season by winning 34 matches and defeating East Ridge (23-10) in 4 sets (25-22, 25-17, 23-25, 25-19) at the Xcel Energy Center on Saturday November 13th.
The team lost only 7 sets all season. Wayzata also won the 2019 State Championship, and as the 2020 playoffs were cancelled the team has won back to back crowns.
Head Coach Scott Jackson, now in his 23rd season, expressed gratitude to his opponent after the match, “East Ridge was phenomenal tonight, they earned a lot of points against us.”
Jackson was also quick to give praise to his team, “Our whole team was just on point tonight. We had to be against a great team and we gave a great effort.”
Asked about the pressure of facing teams all season long while being undefeated, Outside Hitter Sierra Moore answered, “It just feels really awesome because going into this everyone was at our throats and really wanted to the team that took us off and if feels so good to prove ourselves and show that we are the ones that deserve to have this title and the winning season.” Moore finished with 13 kills, 37 attacks, and 11 digs.
“It’s fun to get challenged,” stated Right Side Katy Riviere. “There’s 17 girls in that gym working and we challenge each other all the time so we are ready to meet an opponent who is ready to challenge us too.” Riviere finished the match with 13 kills, 12 digs, and 3 blocks.
As a now senior Libero Ella Voegele was asked to compare the 2021 Championship to the 2019 Championship, “Going into this, I was a lot more confident because two years ago I was a sophomore and was bit intimidated. We know what we can do and we play for each other and believe in each other... we’ve done it this whole season.”
Jackson also reflected on some other key performers, “Avery Jesewitz had the best match of the season for us, and Stella Swenson was a stud that she always is for us, and we are excited for the future even as we are going to miss these seniors dearly.” Jesewitz finished with 6 kills on 12 total attacks and 2 digs, and Swenson has 29 assists, 2 aces, and 2 digs.
Watch video highlights and the full game online at Wayzata.com/news.