Trojans wait their fate in 2AAA

The New Prague Trojans volleyball team will learn in the coming days what their fate will be for the Section 2AAA playoffs.

            New Prague (15-13, 4-3 Missota) finished their regular season Tuesday, Oct. 15, with a four-set loss to Chaska, the No. 1-ranked team in the state. (Details in the Oct. 24 edition of The New Prague Times.) They are waiting to see whether they will be at home or on the road for the first round of the postseason. Possible opponents for the first round include Shakopee and Willmar.

            Looking at the section standings, New  Prague has the eighth-best record in the section, playing against a rugged schedule that included a number of state-ranked teams. Seeds 5 through 8 will host first round games.

            Section 2AAA is one of the toughest in the state. Not only does it feature No. 1-ranked Chaska, but also Delano and Prior Lake (tied at No. 8), and several teams that also received votes in the state poll, Chanhassen, Waconia and Buffalo. In addition, Mankato West has a 24-2 record. However, the Scarlets have only played one state-ranked team all season, losing to Prior Lake. 

            The Trojans have a much better overall record than Shakopee. However Shakopee’s win over the Trojans could vault the Sabers past New Prague in the seeding process, depending on how coaches vote. If the Trojans are the No. 9 seed, they would be on the road for the first round of the playoffs.

            When seedings are announce they will be posted at newpraguetimes.com.

            The first round of the Section 2AAA tournament will be held Wednesday, Oct. 23.           First round winners will go on the road Friday, Oct. 25, against four teams that had first round byes.

 

Trojans def. Wingers

            New prague played its final home game of the regular season Thursday, Oct. 10, hosting Red Wing, and New Prague coasted to an easy win, 25-12, 22-11, 25-9 against the winless Wingers.

            New Prague was led by seniors Sydney Foss and Marissa Ekness, both with eight kills. Alex Jendersee added six for New Prague.

            Emma Hughes had 20 assists and Ekness and Hughes had seven and six service aces respectively.

            Melanie Clausen had five digs for the Trojans to lead the team on defense, with Foss adding four and Hughes and Ekness three each.