New Life Academy volleyball: Eagles win two more, ranked ninth in latest QRF poll
The New Life Academy Eagles volleyball team posted two solid wins last week against Minnehaha Academy and St. Agnes, before falling to Southwest Christian.
Both Minnehaha Academy (18-9) and St. Agnes (8-15-1) are Class AA schools and play in the Tri-Metro Conference, while New Life Academy plays in Class A and in the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association. The Eagles improved to 18-10 overall and 7-3 in the MCAA and is currently ranked ninth in the QRF, but is unranked in the latest coaches association poll.
New Life beat Minnehaha Academy 3-0 (25-21, 25-9, 25-19) on the road on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
“Our Minnehaha match was our most inspired volleyball of the season,” New Life Academy head coach Wally Bomgren said. “Minnehaha is a solid program, has numerous seniors, and they are big. They have really pushed us around the last couple years each time we have played them, especially over at their place. Going in to their place and beating them in three with our young team is a big lift heading into section playoffs.”
Following the win over Minnehaha, New Life took care of business at St. Agnes, winning 3-0 (25-9, 25-16, 25-17) on Monday, Oct. 14.
The following day, however, New Life fell 3-0 to conference rival Southwest Christian, the No. 2 ranked team in Class A in the most recent coaches association poll and the No. 1 team according to the QRF.
“They deserve it,” Bomgren said. “They start all seniors and their experience shows. They are a powerful team. We hung right in there with them.”
New Life stayed with the Stars (24-5; 9-0 MCAA) and led in both the first and second games, but fell 25-19, 25-18, 25-18.
The Eagles head into their last match of the season against section rival Mayer Lutheran on Tuesday with sections starting later in the week. Out of 24 teams in the section New Life landed the third seed. Southwest Christian is the No. 1 seed and Heritage Christian Academy is the No. 2 seed. The Eagles playoff opener is Wednesday at New Life Academy against either No. 13 seed Hmong Academy or 20th seeded Liberty Classical.
“This has been a great season for this team,” Bomgren said. “We have made great strides, have beefed up our schedule, and even in doing so, should end up with a 20-win season. We are injury free and playing our best volleyball of the season. We are excited about our prospects.”