Trojans top Farmington to stay on top of Missota

The New Prague Trojan volleyball team stayed even with Chaska atop the Missota Conference with a win over Farmington Thursday, Sept. 19. Earlier in the week New Prague lost a grueling 5-set match to Mankato West.

New Prague (11-7, 3-0 Missota) is tied with the Hawks for first place in the conference, one game better than Chanhassen and Shakopee. The Trojans will see those two squads in the next week and will need to step up their game to stay on top.

New Prague faced Mankato East in a non-conference match Tuesday, Sept. 24. they host Chanhassen on Thursday, Sept. 26, play at non-conference Belle Plaine on Tuesday, Oc.t 1, then travel to Shakopee on Thursday, Oct. 3.

Scarlets 3, Trojans 2 New Prague came out confident and played solid in their first two sets against Section 2AAA foe Mankato West. But Coach Angie Andersen said the team lost focus in the third set, then fought hard only to lose a tight fourth set, then dropped the final one. Scores were 15-25, 22-25, 25-11, 26-24, 15-7.

“It was a disappointing loss to a section opponent,” said Andersen, noting that it could hurt come seeding time.

Emma Hughes had 31 assists, three block solos, and six digs to lead the Trojans. Marissa Ekness had 16 digs and 17 kills, along with five ace serves. Sydney Foss had 14 kills and seven digs, Melanie Clausen had six digs, Alex Jendersee three kills and five block assists.

Trojans 3, Tigers 1 New Prague again won the first two games before dropping the third, but this time they came back to win the match in four games, 25- 23, 25-21, 12-25, 25-20.

“We controlled the first two sets, but we were on our heels, not communicating and not playing up to our ability in the third set and then refocused and took control in the fourth,” Andersen said.

Hughes had 37 assists, nine digs and three kills. “She is doing a great job leading and stepping up her game,” Andersen said.

Foss had 10 kills and 13 digs, Ekness had four ace serves and 12 kills, Jendersee had 10 kills, three digs and two block assists.

“She plays both the middle and right side and just keeps improving throughout the season,” Andersen noted.

Anna Eaton also had a good match, with six kills on 10 attempts, three block assists and three solo blocks. “She had one of her best nights all season, and is a fun player to watch,” Andersen said.

Clausen had 12 digs and an ace.