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New Life Volleyball: Eagles spike Legacy Christian in straight sets

Julia Stone stepped into the middle spot for the Eagles in their win over Legacy Christian. (Bulletin photo by John Molene)1 / 4
Sydney Mortenson delivers a spike during New Life’s straight set victory over Legacy Christian Sept. 9. (Bulletin photo by John Molene) 2 / 4
Sydney Mortenson and Julia Stone go up to block a Legacy Christian shot. (Bulletin photo by John Molene) 3 / 4
Hannah Nelson powers a shot post two Legacy Christian blockers. (Bulletin photo by John Molene)4 / 4

Even a key substitution didn’t slow down the New Life Eagles Sept. 9.

Missing 6-0 junior middle hitter Emma Hawkins – who was out with a fever-- the Eagles turned to 5-8 junior Julia Stone to fill in the middle spot of the front line and never missed a beat.

“She’s never done that before and she did just a fine job with that,” said New Life Academy head coach Wally Bomgren. “Every set in fact that she was set, she got a kill out of it. So I’m really happy with her.”

The host Eagles swept the visiting Legacy Christian Lions, winning 25-6, 25-8 and 25-21.

New Life improved to 8-2 on the season.

“We obviously played a team that was a little bit down this year, rebuilding if you will,” said Bomgren. “But we played at our level. We played our plays and played a good strong game throughout the whole game.”

Legacy Christian looked overmatched in the first two games, but things tightened up in the third. The Lions took a 10-7 lead the the game was tied at 14-all before the Eagles pulled away down the stretch to close out the match.

“The other thing is our setter Kara Stenerson, whose a junior captain, just continues to be very, very consistent as a setter and as a defender,” Bomgren said. “She’s just an excellent defender and just does not let the ball hit the floor. That’s the attitude she carries all the time.”

The Eagles host Bethany Academy at 7 p.m. Sept. 11.