BELLE PLAINE – The #4-ranked in Class AA Belle Plaine Tigers survived an early scare from New Prague to win on Parents Night 25-21, 25-16, 25-17 Tuesday night in volleyball action. For the second match in a row New Prague was able to start strong, but not finish against a ranked opponent.
In the first set New Prague would establish a strong block and have very good passing to start the match getting kills from sophomores Sydney Foss and Marissa Ekness. The Trojans would get out to a 17-10 led in the first set and then, just like Shakopee on Thursday the big run would come from the opponent this time from Belle Plaine. Senior libero Lizzy Eischens would be on the service line during the big run for the Tigers of 6-0 to trim New Prague’s lead to 17-16 before New Prague coach Angie Anderson would use New Prague’s first timeout. The timeout would only temporarily stop the momentum as New Prague would get the first point coming out of the timeout thanks to a serving error, but Belle Plaine would then go on a 4-0 run to take a 21-18 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish and win 25-21.
The second set would be close early on between both teams and be tied at 9-9, but then Belle Plaine would go on a 5-0 run on the serve of senior Becky Koepp to give them a 14-9 lead. New Prague would continue to battle with Belle Plaine and the biggest point happened when Belle Plaine led 18-15 when a kill attempt from Sydney Foss went off the shoulder of Belle Plaine junior Haley Fogarty over the net and hit the edge of the near line for a point for the Tigers that would start a 5-0 run and allow Belle Plaine to win 25-16.
Another tightly fought beginning would start the third set and New Prague would have their biggest run of the night with a 5-0 run with senior Haley Dolezal having an ace to put the Trojans up 10-7. New Prague would maintain the lead until a 8-0 run by Belle Plaine on the serve of junior Haley Fogarty to put the Tigers up 19-13. Belle Plaine would then cruise to a 25-17 win in the third set.
New Prague falls to 5-10 on the season and will travel to Red Wing on Thursday for Missota Conference action. Belle Plaine will travel to Jordan Thursday night for a big matchup of Minnesota River Conference foes for their match up that will count to the conference standings. That match can be heard on 1350 AM KCHK and online.
By: Adam Bartels