Nierengarten commits to Augsburg volleyball


Maddie Nierengarten, a mainstay in Princeton’s varsity sports, has picked Augsburg College as the place she wants to play for next.
On Wednesday, Mar. 29, the three-sport athlete and nine-time letter winner signed her letter of intent to play volleyball for the Eagles.
The senior captain of this year’s volleyball team is one of four teammates moving into Augsburg’s conference, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Kailey Wente signed with the College of Saint Benedict on Tuesday, Apr. 4 (after deadline), Sonia Stay signed with Concordia University on Mar. 23 and Sierra Mattson is signing with Gustavus Adolphus College. They will be playing each other at least once a year and Maddie acknowledged there might be a little trash talk.
Maddie’s time with those three and the rest of her volleyball teammates, who made it to the programs first section semifinal in 19 years, is the highlight her athletic career.
“[My favorite time] was all of the fun moments just hanging with my volleyball team and all of the bus rides,” Nierengarten said.
She had several other highlights, too. She was selected to the all-conference team twice and an honorable mention once during her four-year varsity stint at the net. Maddie earned an all-conference honorable mention in softball twice, too, and she still has a season to go. Lastly, Maddie averaged 9.3 points per game as a forward on the basketball team.
After this season, she is ready to condense her athletic pursuits down to the one she’s passionate about.
“It’s gonna be nice just putting all my time in and focusing on just one sport…I was set in stone of playing [volleyball] wherever I went,” Maddie said. I’m excited. It will be a quicker pace of play, but I think I’m ready.”
She will try to continue the winning ways of the Eagles, who have gone 89-30 and 36-8 in the MIAC over the past for seasons.