New Life Academy volleyball: Mayer Lutheran too much for youthful Eagles in playoff loss
It was a season to remember for the New Life Academy volleyball team, but it still wasn't enough to upset a state powerhouse.
The third-seeded Eagles fell 3-0 to fifth-ranked and second-seeded Mayer Lutheran in the Section 4A semifinals on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Heritage Christian Academy to end the season.
New Life, which finished the year 19-10 overall , including playoff wins over North Lakes Academy and Maranatha Christian Academy and a second-place finish in the conference, fell 25-15, 25-12, 25-16 to Mayer Lutheran. It was the second time Mayer Lutheran beat the Eagles this season. NLA also fell 3-0 to the Crusaders (24-8) back on Oct. 22.
Mayer Lutheran advanced to the section final with the win, where it was dispatched 3-0 by fourth-ranked and top-seeded Southwest Christian.
This season the youthful Eagles placed four freshmen and one sophomore on the All-Conference team in the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association. Abby Thor, a 6' 1" middle hitter and setter Kara Stenerson, were two of the ninth graders selected First-team All-Conference. Abby Gorter, a ninth-grade hitter, made Second-team All-Conference. Hitter Sydney Mortenson, also a ninth grader, and Maddie Stocker, a sophomore libero, made All-Conference honorable mention.
"It's exciting to see players this young stepping up and not only winning throughout the season, but showing the kind of maturity that these girls have," NLA head coach Wally Bomgren said. "These girls love the game, and will continue to work on improving. The future looks very bright."
The Eagles do, however, lose two senior leaders, captain Matty Steele and Morgan Frazier.
"Both of these girls will be missed. We wish them the best as they head off to college," Bomgren said.