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New Life Academy volleyball: Eagles go 4-1, earn second place at Visitation Tournament

The New Life volleyball team took second place at the Visitation Tournament. Team members are: From left, front row, Maddie Stocker, Sydney Mortenson, Kara Stenerson, McKenzie Porupsky; and, back, Julia Stone, Abby Gorter, Abby Thor, Hannah Nelson and coach Wally Bomgren. (Submitted photo)

The New Life volleyball team competed in the Visitation Tournament on Friday and Saturday, taking second place while compiling a 4-1 record.

At the tournament, New Life won its pool by beating St. Paul Johnson 2-0 (25-9; 25-14) and Visitation 2-1 (23-25; 25-18; 15-13) on Friday. The Eagles then beat Richfield 2-0 (25-17; 25-15); and South St. Paul 2-0 (25-10; 25-21) on Saturday to reach the championship — a re-match with Visitation. However, the Eagles fell 2-0 (25-20; 25-23) in the final.

New Life is 5-3 on the year.

“Our pre-season, non-conference schedule has worked to our advantage,” New Life head coach Wally Bomgren said. “We have had four good battles with larger schools. Even though we lost three of the four, we pushed each match to the limit. This young team is being tested, which is great at this point.”

New Life took on Bethany Academy on Tuesday, after the Bulletin went to print. The Eagles are at Legacy Christian on Thursday, Sept. 12.

—Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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