Bellingham Red Raiders prep volleyball preview capsule

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 15, 2013 

BELLINGHAM

RED RAIDERS

Coach: Kim Bjorklund

Last year: Finished sixth in the Class 2A NWC standings with a 4-8 conference record ... Did not qualify for postseason, finishing 5-9 overall.

Players to watch: Kellie Hofstetter (sr., S); Olivia Bjorklund (jr., OH); Tess Owen (sr., L/DS); Izzi Roberts (sr., MB); Anna Zeegers (jr., MB); Summer Douglas (so., RS)

Outlook: The Bellingham volleyball program under Kim Bjorklund has been slowly growing into a contender. The Red Raiders took a major leap last year, and with seven experienced seniors back this fall, Bellingham has certainly become a team to watch for. Success will be based on team unity, Bjorklund said. "We have chosen the word unity as our collective commitment, and really we want that daily in the classroom, in the gym and for them to hold themselves to a higher standard," said the Red Raiders coach. Key seniors Kellie Hofstetter, Tess Owen and Izzi Roberts will each play large roles. Hofstetter gives the club a strong setter, while Roberts "can jump out of the gym" as a middle blocker and Owen is sturdy as they come along the back line. Olivia Bjorklund will be one of Bellingham's go-to outside hitters, and Summer Douglas gives the Red Raiders a wrinkle in the attack as a right-side hitter. Bjorklund also put a premium on her club making quality plays, saying: "We're happy with good players instead of unforced errors. We want to make quality shots and make the other team work."

2013 ROSTER

No. Player Yr. Pos.

1 Tess Owen Sr. L/DS

2 Oriana LoCicero So. RS

3 Kellie Hofstetter Sr. S

4 Catie Welch Sr. L/DS

5 Sage Ferguson Sr. OH

6 Sophia Smith Jr. S

7 Olivia Witt Sr. OH/DS

8 Izzi Roberts Sr. MB

9 Anna Zeegers Jr. MB

10 Olivia Bjorklund Jr. OH

12 Alicia Romero Sr. OH

13 Summer Douglas So. RS

2013 SCHEDULE

Sept. 14 at Lynden Tournament 8 a.m.

Sept. 17 Mount Baker 7 p.m.

Sept. 18 Lynden* 7 p.m.

Sept. 24 at Lynden Christian* 7 p.m.

Sept. 26 Meridian* 7 p.m.

Sept. 28 Sequim 7 p.m.

Oct. 1 at Blaine* 7 p.m.

Oct. 3 Squalicum* 7 p.m.

Oct. 8 at Sehome* 7 p.m.

Oct. 10 Sedro-Woolley* 7 p.m.

Oct. 15 Anacortes* 7 p.m.

Oct. 22 at Burlington-Edison* 7 p.m.

Oct. 24 Nooksack Valley* 7 p.m.

Oct. 26 at Mount Baker Invite TBD

Oct. 28 at Mount Baker* 7 p.m.

Oct. 30 at Ferndale* 7 p.m.

* NWC match

Reach ANDREW LANG at andrew.lang@bellinghamherald.com or call ext. 862.

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