Storm hands Trojans 1st Missota loss

The New Prague Trojan volleyball team suffered its first Missota Conference loss of the season Thursday, Sept. 26, being swept in three games to Chanhassen. The Storm and Trojans are now tied for second place in the conference behind league-leading Chaska. Earlier in the week New Prague swept Mankato East.

            The Trojans (11-8, 3-1 Missota) were scheduled to face Belle Plaine in a non-conference match Tuesday, Oct. 1. They will travel to Shakopee Thursday, Oct. 3, then compete in the Todd Bachman Invitational, a 16-team tournament at Lakeville North High School, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 and 5. New Prague hosts Red Wing in their final home match of the season Thursday, Oct. 10.

Trojans 3, Cougars 0

            New Prague had little trouble in sweeping Mankato East 25-14, 25-22, 25-16 Tuesday in Mankato.

            Emma Hughes had 30 assists for the Trojans, with Sydney Foss and Marisaa Ekness each getting 14 kills. Ekness added 10 digs and three service aces, while Foss had nine digs. Melanie Clausen had three aces and 10 digs.

Storm 3, Trojans 0

            Coach Angie Andersen said her team did not play its game in a 25-16, 25-22, 25-14 loss to Chanhassen.

            “We really struggled in our serve receive, which carried over into running our offense. We need to refocus our energy into getting the ball up to our setter and let the rest to the play take care of itself,” Andersen said.

            She added it was a frustrating match to watch. “We beat ourselves, but still the girls fought hard even when things were not going our way,” she said. 

            Hughes had 16 assists, three kills, and four digs for the Trojans. Ekness had nine digs, six kills, and a solo block, while Foss had four kills, nine digs and a block assist.

            Clausen added 14 digs, while Anna Eaton had four kills, a block assist and two solo blocks. Alex Jendersee added four kills, five digs, a block assist, and a solo block.