The Lynden Christian volleyball team earned two victories Saturday, Nov. 3, to make it to the state tournament for the 16th consecutive season.
LC opened the day with a 25-17, 25-22, 25-15 victory over Cascade Christian in an elimination match in the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament at King's.
Karley De Jager had 15 kills, Hannah Wynstra added nine kills and Morgan Vankooten had six kills, two aces and seven blocks, which were important in the win according to Lyncs coach Kim Grycel.
"I would say her blocks were the key because she was able to stop Cascade Christian's big hitter, Jessie Walters," Grycel said in a phone interview.
In the fifth-place match, Lynden Christian beat Cedar Park Christian 27-25, 25-18, 25-22 to earn its trip to state and Grycel earned her 350th high school coaching victory.
Cassie Mulder had 11 kills, two aces and 16 digs and Madison Weg added 28 assists, four kills and 10 digs.
The victory over Cedar Park Christian was the fourth straight elimination match for the Lyncs and Grycel said it's coming together at the right time.
"The girls didn't let up and didn't relax and took 'em all in three," Grycel said. "I would say we are definitely peaking at the right time. I'm just extremely proud of the girls."