The Prior Lake volleyball team has had a tough first two matches to open the South Suburban Conference season.
The Lakers have dropped them both, including a four-set home lost Sept. 12 to No. 1-ranked Eagan (25-15, 25-9, 23-25, 25-20). Prior Lake opened the SSC season Sept. 10 with a three-set loss at No. 5 Lakeville South.
The Lakers' third conference match is against another highly ranked team, No. 4 Lakeville North. That is scheduled for Sept. 17 at home at 7 p.m.
Four teams from the SSC are ranked, including No. 6 Shakopee, a top Section 2AAA foe.
Prior Lake will compete in the annual Eagle Invitational in Apple Valley Sept. 20-21. The field will be loaded with some of the top programs in the state.
Eagan, Lakeville North, Lakeville South, Shakopee, No. 2 Northfield, No. 3 Wayzata, No. 7 East Ridge, No. 8 Moorhead and No. 10 Hopkins are the Class 3A teams in the tourney, along with Eden Prairie, Stillwater, Chaska and Marshall, ranked No. 3 in Class 2A.
The Lakers return to SSC action Sept. 24 at Farmington at 7 p.m.
Prior Lake's final five league matches are at Burnsville Sept. 26, versus Apple Valley Oct. 1, versus Rosemount Oct. 3, at Eastview Oct. 8 and home to Shakopee Oct. 15 to end the regular season.
The Lakers also have a tough non-league match Oct. 7 at No. 9 Champlin Park.