Volleyball team falls to Wingers, go 1-3 at Lakeville

New Prague High School's volleyball team played another 5-game match last week, losing to Red Wing, ranked No. 8 in Class AAA, 19-25, 25-20, 25-27, 25-17, 15-8. They also played in the Lakeville Tournament, losing three of four matches against some top competition.

Wingers def. Trojans

The Trojans came to play against the Wingers, who clinched at least the Missota Conference championship with a 6-0 record. Trailing 11-10 in the first game, Karen Sauer hit an ace with her first serve, and it sparked a 7-point run that gave the Trojans a 17-11 lead that they would not relinquish, as they won 25-19.

Red Wing used a big run of their own, 11 straight points, to build a 16-7 lead. But the Trojans, again on the serving of Sauer, made a comeback with seven straight points to make it 22-18, but they couldn't complete the comeback and Red Wing took game 2, 25-20.

Game 3 was a nailbiter, as the lead changed hands seven times and the score was tied on 11 occasions. Neither team ever led by more than three points. It was the Trojans who scored the final three points to take a 27-25 win.

Red Wing led game 4 the entire way, pulling away for a 25-17 win.

New Prague took an early 4-3 lead in game 5, but the Wingers ran off seven straight points to take a commanding lead and went on to take the win.

New Prague was led offensively by Cathy Turner, who had 21 kills. Sauer had 16, Kristin Busch seven and Katie Theisen five.

Sara Gerold had 45 set assists, hitting her sets at a 97 percent clip.

Gerold was 100 percent serving, hitting 12 of 12.

Gerold, Turner and Sauer each had one solo bock.

Lakeville Tourney

New Prague traveled to Lakeville on Friday and Saturday to compete in the 16-team Lakeville Invitational.

They lost two games on Friday, to Mayer Lutheran, ranked seventh in Class 2A, and to Bloomington Jefferson.

They rebounded Saturday with a win over Hastings before losing to Burnsville, taking 14th place in the field.

The Trojans took game 1 in their opener against the Crusaders, scoring the last five points to win 25-22.

But Mayer Lutheran rebounded. They took an 18-9 lead, then held off a Trojan comeback for a 25-23 win. The Trojans led in game 3, 7-4 and 9-7, but the Crusaders pulled away for a 15-12 win.

Against Jefferson, the Trojans won the first game 25-19, and the Jaguars won game 2 by the same score. Jefferson pulled away in game 3 for a 15-8 win.

The Trojans had little problem with Hastings. Trailing 6-3, New Prague ran off seven straight points to take a 10-6 lead and pulled away for the 25-15 win. The Trojans led from the start in game 2 as well, jumping to a 4-0 lead and never looked back, winning 25-16.

Against Burnsville, the Blaze jumped to an early lead, but the Trojans came back to lead 9-7. Burnsville used a 5-point run to tie it at 12-12. The game was close, but the Blaze pulled away at the end for a 25-20 win.

New Prague took an early 6-1 lead in game 2, stretching it to 10-2, but Burnsville kept coming at them. They closed to within two at 13-11, but the Trojans ran off seven straight to take a 20-11 lead. That's when the Blaze served up 14 straight points to win game 2 and the match.

Season winds down

New Prague was scheduled to play Belle Plaine in a non-conference match Tuesday, Oct. 12. On Thursday they play at Prior Lake, then close out their Missota Conference season Monday, Oct. 18, in a senior night game against Shakopee. They finish the regular season Thursday, Oct. 21, at Eagan, ranked No. 5 in Class AAA.

The Section 1AAA tournament will begin on Monday, Oct. 25, with the Trojans most likely playing their first game on Wednesday, Oct. 27.

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