New Life volleyball: Eagles open conference play with pair of wins
The New Life volleyball team ended another solid week of volleyball and improved to 8-3 overall this season. First, the Eagles earned a third-place finish in the annual Visitation tournament, going 3-1 during the event, then NLA won its first two conference matches of 2011 - over Trinity and rival Legacy Christian Academy of Andover.
"The match with Legacy (formerly Meadow Creek) was one of those battles that make high school volleyball so fun," NLA head coach Wally Bomgren said. "Legacy has had our number for many years in volleyball, winning nearly every match we have played them in the last 10 years. But we turned the table on them with a five-match win in front of a huge and noisy home crowd at their place. The level of support that we had from all our JV and junior high-team players was second to none - I am very proud of them."
In win over Legacy, Matty Steele led the way with five aces and Hannah Tongen and Kara Stenerson led the way setting with 15 and 18 assists respectively. Eighth-grade middle hitter Abby Thor led all hitters with 10 kills.
During the week, Bomgren recorded his 100th high school win.
"Those wins are clearly a tribute to the players that I have had a chance to coach at both Woodbury and New Life," he said. "We have not made our schedules easy - these girls have simply stood up and won a lot of tough matches."
NLA took on Maranatha on Tuesday, Sept. 20, after the Bulletin went to print. Next, the Eagles travel to PACT/Spectrum on Thursday, Sept. 25.