Trojans begin Section 2AAA volleyball play

New Prague High School's volleyball team will be on the road for the first round of the Section 2AAA volleyball tournament Thursday, Oct. 25. The Trojans finished their regular season Thursday, Oct. 18, losing in three games to Eagan, the No. 3-ranked team in the state.

The Trojans were seeded No. 9 in the 12-team section and will travel to Savage to take on the No. 8-seed Prior Lake Lakers. The Lakers got the nod for the higher seed and the home game despite the fact the Trojans swept them handily just two weeks ago. The Lakers have a 15-11 record, while the Trojans are 9-15-1. The Trojans record is deceptive due to their tough schedule. Seven of their 15 losses came to state-ranked teams.

The Section 2AAA tournament will be one of the toughest and most competitive in the state. Three teams are ranked in the top 10 in the final Class AAA poll - top-seeded Shakopee (ranked No. 2), No. 2 seed Eden Prairie (ranked No. 4) and No. 4 seed and defending state champion Chaska (ranked No. 7). Waconia, though unranked, got the No. 3 seed.

First-round matches Thursday have Prior Lake at New Prague, No. 12 Mankato West at No. 5 Hutchinson, No. 11 Willmar at No. 6 Minnetonka and No. 10 Buffalo at No. 7 Mankato East.

Second-round matches are at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Prior Lake-New Prague winner is at Shakopee, while the Hutchinson-Mankato West winner is at Chaska, the Minnetonka-Willmar winner is at Waconia and the Mankato East-Buffalo winner is at Eden Prairie.

Semifinals and finals will be Thursday and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 3, at a neutral site to be determined.

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