New Prague's Anna Molstad makes a save and keeps the ball in play in the second set in Tuesday night's 3-1 victory at Metro West Conference rival Bloomington Jefferson. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
New Prague hasn't just joined the Metro West Conference in 2021. It's looking to disrupt it.
In a battle of early season conference unbeatens, newcomer New Prague came away with a 21-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-18 victory in volleyball Tuesday at Bloomington Jefferson.
Both were 2-0 in Metro West play entering the night.
"They were definitely one of the top schools that we're going to be playing," said senior outside hitter Anna Molstad, who had a match-high 20 kills. "And winning really puts us in a higher position for the conference."
The Trojans’ Abby Molstad gets a dig in the first set Tuesday night in the Trojans' 3-1 win over the Jaguars. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner SportsEngine
In a battle of two teams looking to stay unbeaten in the Metro West Conference, New Prague came away with a 3-1 victory at Bloomington Jefferson by set scores of 21-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-18.
Bloomington Jefferson, ranked No. 4 in the Sept. 12 Class 4A coaches' poll, jumped out to a 3-0 first-set lead. New Prague, ranked No. 3 in Class 3A, countered to take five of the next six points, but that was the Trojans' only lead in the set.
With New Prague ahead 4-3 in the second set, the Jaguars' kills leader, senior outside hitter Ellie Sieling, departed the match with an ankle injury. The Concordia (St. Paul) commit did not return to the match.
The Jaguars (6-3, 2-1) were also without injured junior starting setter Olivia Opstad.
The Trojans (7-2, 3-0) grabbed nine of the next 12 points before the Jaguars regrouped. A 6-0 Bloomington Jefferson run tied the set at 16 before New Prague closed on a 9-2 run.
It was all New Prague in the third set as senior outside hitter Anna Molstad and company continued to shine. She led the match with 20 kills.
Bloomington Jefferson played with more emotion in the fourth set. The Jaguars led three different times and were tied as late as 13 points before the Trojans pulled away.
The Jaguars’ Eleanor Erickson goes for the kill shot Tuesday night at home in the Jaguars 3-1 loss to the Trojans. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine