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Wayzata cruises past Eden Prairie

By Luke Hanlon, SportsEngine, 10/05/21, 6:30PM CDT


Eden Prairie led late in the first set, but a crucial timeout put Wayzata on track to win.

Wayzata’s Katy Riviere (28) sends a kill shot across the net Tuesday night in the first set as the Trojan’s sweep the Eagle’s 3-0 at home. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

It has been 724 days since Wayzata has lost a volleyball match. 

That loss was on October 12, 2019 against Minnetonka. Since then, the Trojans (19-0, 5-0) won the state championship in 2019, finished with a perfect 13-0 record in the shortened 2020 season and now boast an unblemished 19-0 record after defeating Eden Prairie 26-24, 25-18, 25-12 on Tuesday night. 

The Eagles (11-3, 4-1), ranked No. 3 in Class 4A, came in with a perfect Lake Conference record and were the one team set to compete with the Trojans for a shot at the Lake Conference title. It looked like they were up to the task early in the match, as they held a 22-19 lead in the first set, forcing the Trojans to take a timeout to talk things over. 

“I think the timeout really helped to calm us down, to make less errors. We needed one big deep breath and then we were good to go,” Wayzata setter Stella Swenson said. 

Wayzata’s Stella Swenson (10) and Emma Goerger attempt to block a kill shot from Eden Prairie’s Paige O’Connell Tuesday night in the Trojan’s 3-0 win over the Eagles. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner SportsEngine

First Report

The No. 1 team in Class 4A justified that ranking on Tuesday night, as Wayzata came away with an impressive 26-24, 25-18, 25-12 sweep over No. 3-4A Eden Prairie. 

The first set was a thriller. Both teams came out with intensity in a huge Lake Conference matchup. The Eagles (11-3, 4-1) eventually held a 22-19 lead, which forced the Trojans (19-0, 5-0) to take a timeout. They were able to regroup and take the opening set 26-24. The rest of the match was not nearly as close, as the Trojans won the second set 25-18 and closed the match out with a commanding 25-12 third set victory. 

Stella Swenson was in the middle of all of the Trojans’ attacks. She led the match with 33 assists. She spread out the assists to five different hitters, but it was Katy Riviere who reaped the most rewards, as she led the team with 13 kills. 

The Eagles offense was structured by Cameron Berger, as she had a team-high 11 assists. Her most common target was Piper Lange, who had a team-high five kills.

Eden Prairie’s Piper Lange stretches to keep the ball in play in the third set Tuesday night. Eden Prairie lost to Wayzata 3-0 at Wayzata High School. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

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