Volleyball team’s season winds down

 The New Prague Trojan volleyball team will conclude its regular season with a pair of Missota Conference games in the next week. New Prague hosts Red Wing on Thursday, Oct. 10, and will travel to Chaska on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

The Trojans are hoping to secure a top-eight seed and a first round home game against two very different teams. Red Wing is 0-5 in the conference and 0-19 on the season, while Chaska, ranked No. 3 in the state, has a 5-0 Missota record and 19-1 overall record.

The Section 2AAA tournament begins Wednesday, Oct. 23.

New Prague (3-2 Missota, 14-12 overall) lost to Chaska earlier this season in a game in Marshall.

Last week New Prague lost a pair of tough contests, falling to Belle Plaine and Shakopee. They competed in the Todd Bachman Invitational in Lakeville, winning three of five matches.

Tigers 3, Trojans 1 New Prague won the first set, but then dropped three straight in losing to Belle Plaine (No. 4, Class AA). Scores were 18-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-20.

“We played strong, coming out and winning the first game, but we fell short in the next few sets in the loss,” Coach Angie Andersen said.

Marissa Ekness had 11 kills to lead the Trojan attack. Alex Jendersee had eight kills and Anna Eaton added six.

Sydney Foss had two ace serves, three block assists and 18 digs, while Emma Hughes had seven digs and a kill to go with her 36 assists. Lexi Johnson added two ace serves and five digs and Melanie Clausen had 12 digs.

Sabers 3, Trojans 2 New Prague and Shakopee had a back-and forth contest, with the Trojans falling 25-17, 13-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-13 Thursday, Oct. 3.

“We had opportunities to pull off the win, but unfortunately things didn't go our way,” Andersen said. “The team put up a great fight in the fifth set, being down most of the set by four or five points. We tied the game at 13-13 but came up short in the end.”

Hughes had 40 assists and 15 digs, while Ekness and Foss had 24 and 22 kills respectively. Foss added 18 digs and Ekness had 20 digs and three ace serves. Jendersee had 20 digs and Clausen 17.

Todd Bachman Invitational New Prague finished seventh out of 16 teams in a loaded field at Lakeville North Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6. New Prague went 2-1 in pool play, then split their final two matches.

Trojans 2, Titans 0 New Prague controlled the match from start to finish against their neighbors to the south from Tri-City United, winning 25-13, 25-13.

Hughes had 14 assists. Ekness had seven kills and two aces, while Foss had six kills, two aces and two digs. Hanna Friedrich and Clausen each added five digs, and Clausen had two ace serves, while Eaton had two kills.

Trojans 2, Crimson 1 New Prague defeated Maple Grove in three tight sets.

“It was a very exciting match,” Andersen said. “We lost the first set in a good battle and came back with wellexecuted play to win the match.”

Hughes had 15 assists and six digs. Foss had nine kills and 10 digs, while Eknesshad six kills and seven digs. Jendersee added seven digs and Clausen had nine. Friedrich had three kills.

Panthers 2, Trojans 0 New Prague lost to tournament host Lakeville North, (No. 3, Class AAA), in two sets, 25-12, 25-18 Saturday morning. Ekness had six kills and Jendersee three. Hughes had 11 assists and five digs and Clausen had six digs.

Rough Riders 2, Trojans 0 New Prague lost to Sioux Falls (SD) Roosevelt in two games, 25-19, 25-10. The Rough Riders are ranked No. 2 in that state’s large-school ratings.

Hughes had four digs and 10 assists, Foss tallied three kills and six digs, and Ekness and Jendersee both had five kills. Ekness had seven digs and Clausen six.

Trojans 2, Cougars 1 New Prague won the seventh place match, defeating Lakeville South 19-25, 25- 19, 15-10. Hughes had 33 set assists, four digs and two kills. Ekness had 13 kills and seven digs, while Foss had 10 kills and 12 digs. Jendersee had eight kills and was a perfect 16-of-16 attacking. Eaton had three kills, Johnson three digs, Clausen 17 digs and two ace serves and Emily Ulschmid had two digs.