Rachel Ring

Rachel had a combined nine kills for Prior Lake in the Lakers' two wins at the Minnesota Southwest Challenge in Marshall Sept. 6-7.

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.

Tom Schardin covers sports for Savage and Prior Lake. He is dependable, sarcastic and always joking around. Tom enjoys running and swimming and is often busy coaching his two kids' sports teams.

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