Volleyball: New Life Academy sweeps St. Croix Prep
New Life Academy 3, St. Croix Prep 0
Even though the Eagles won’t get credited with a conference win on Friday night against St. Croix Prep, New Life will bring confidence into its next match against the Lions.
The Eagles started the night with a 25-17 first set win. The momentum carried into the second set with a 25-13 win as well as a third set 25-20 win to complete the sweep.
New Life will take its 8-2 record over to Trinity at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18.
New Life Academy 3, Maranatha Academy 0
It’s easy as one, two, three.
Those words taken out of the Jackson 5 hit song “ABC,” showed to be an effective motto for New Life Academy throughout the volleyball match against Maranatha Academy on Thursday night.
The Eagles used the one, two, three combo as the ball was saved by a defensive player and was hit to a setter who set it up for a hitter to record the point. This strategy led to the Eagles sweeping the Mustangs in a 3-0 win, while dominating each set.
“It was a great win for us, especially in the conference,” said New Life head coach Wally Bomgren. “The girls worked together and encouraged each other, which was great to see.”
New Life senior setter and captain Bethany Breiholz had the opportunity to use any of her hitters throughout the match because everyone was clicking all night long. For her, she usually tries to even out the kills within the group, but she also will find the hot hand and use them for a few points.
“We’ve been working really hard with the set and hit combination,” Breiholz said. “It’s great to see it working out at the start of the season. It’s just building our chemistry more and more each match.”
The season started with a 4-0 record with the Eagles only allowing one set in those four matches. New Life traveled to North St. Paul on Saturday, September 8 to play some bigger schools and the team learned many things throughout that day.
The Eagles went 1-2 on that Saturday, but Bomgren said the defense played really well with almost 170 digs in three matches.
After Saturday, New Life went back to its winning ways as the Eagles defeated Minneapolis Washburn on Tuesday night and Maranatha on Thursday night.
Bomgren said the success early in the season is due to the integration of both older and younger players because New Life fans were able to see some young faces on Thursday night in the second and third sets. The Eagles’ young group is led by freshmen Makenzie Roettger and Noelle Rogers as well as eighth grader Annika Forbes.
All three of these players were able to play and Roettger started the game as the middle blocker for New Life. An exciting moment came in the second set as New Life was leading by double digits. Forbes came into the game and received a great set from Breiholz, which led to Forbes connecting hard for the kill.
Forbes screamed after earning the point and the entire gym echoed as a loud roar filled the gym creating excitement for Forbes and the rest of the New Life players.
“It was so much fun to see Annika [Forbes] get that hard kill,” said junior outside hitter Elli Wiertsema. “It just shows how much depth we have on our team this season.”
Now, the Eagles prepare for one of its toughest teams in their conference with St. Croix Prep on Friday night. Even though the Friday night match is a non-conference due to certain circumstances, the Eagles are looking at it as a conference match and continuing their winning streak.
East Ridge 3, Mounds View 1
After Mounds View won the first set 25-23, the Raptors dominated the last three sets. East Ridge won the second set 25-14, won the third set 25-8 and won the fourth set 25-15 to win the match 3-1.
East Ridge heads back home on Thursday, September 20 at 7 p.m. as the Raptors host Roseville.
New Life Academy 3, Minneapolis Washburn 1
After two losses on Saturday, the Eagles got back on track with a win against Minneapolis Washburn on Tuesday night. New Life took the first set 25-15, but the second set went to Minneapolis Washburn with a 25-23 score.
The Eagles came back though and won the third set 25-7 as well as the fourth set 25-17 to capture their sixth win of the season. New Life hopes to build that winning streak again on Thursday, September 13 at 7 p.m. as the Eagles host Maranatha.
Champlin Park 3, East Ridge 0
The Raptors traveled to the Rebels on Tuesday night and fell in three straight sets. East Ridge lost the first set 25-14, lost the second set 25-11 and lost the third set 25-20.
East Ridge will continue its road matches as the Raptors travel to Mounds View on Thursday, September 13 at 7 p.m.