Zeegers shows versatility for Bellingham

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDOctober 6, 2013 

Bellingham junior middle Anna Zeegers has shown an ability to be a threat anywhere on the court for the Bellingham volleyball team this fall.

She's a force at the net, leading the Red Raiders in blocks.

"Anna is hard to get around, she has worked hard on her eye work and nothing gives her greater joy than to put up a solid block," Bellingham coach Kim Bjorklund wrote in an email.

But she can be just as effective when she rotates to the back row, Bjorklund said.

"For a tall girl she has no problem getting low and diving," Bjorklund wrote. "Anna can cover a lot of ground with her height and wingspan. Anna's jump serve makes her a good all-around player for us. She continues to create more opportunities for our team to score points with her serve."

KORDAS' ATTITUDE GIVES BLAINE A BOOST

The right attitude can carry a team a long ways, and Blaine girls' soccer coach Kelly Tuski said she's seen that attitude in junior defender Gretchen Kordas this season.

No wonder the Borderites find themselves in the middle of a battle for the top couple spots in the Class 1A Northwest Conference standings this season at 3-5-1 overall and 2-4 in NWC play.

"Gretchen consistently gives 110 percent and a positive attitude, regardless of the score, no matter how tough our opponents are," Tuski wrote in an email. "Athletes who can display a consistently positive attitude, in addition to always giving their best effort, are hard to come by. Gretchen is one of those athletes; great work ethic, great attitude, and a leader by example."

WEBB LEADS LIONS TO WINS

The Lynden volleyball team got a big boost from junior outside hitter Kat Webb to pick up a pair of NWC victories this week. Webb recorded a combined nine aces, 43 kills, six blocks and 34 digs in straight-set wins over Anacortes on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and Nooksack Valley on Thursday, Oct. 3.

"Kat stepped up her game this week and played two outstanding matches, helping her team to their first two victories of the season," coach Julie Clift wrote in an email. "She was extremely consistent on both offense and defense, and displayed a contagious confidence and spirit on the court."

REID, FOX LEAD THE WAY FOR FERNDALE

Leadership comes in many different forms, and the Ferndale volleyball team has found two good ones this season in junior setter Abby Reid and senior libero Tori Fox.

Reid, who often is among the team leaders in kills as a setter, is a bit more vocal, Golden Eagles coach Patti Hoelzle said.

"(She's) a dominant leader on our team in aggressiveness, defense, setting, and even offense," Hoelzle wrote in an email. "(She's) fun to watch and a girl that all teammates look to for inspiration and encouragement."

Fox, meanwhile, is a bit more quiet, Hoelzle said.

"(She's) a quiet, but determined leader - the unspoken hero of our team with her consistent passing and positive attitude," Hoelzle wrote. "(She) leads the team in digs and (is) our strongest serve receive passer."

The Golden Eagles are tied for fifth in the NWC standings with a 3-2 league mark.

ANDERSON PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF

After placing fourth at in the Class 2A state doubles draw with Nick Smith as a freshman, Sehome's Brady Anderson has come out strong this year.

Now playing No. 1 singles for the Mariners, Anderson has yet to drop a set in running his season record to 7-0.

"It appears that Brady hasn't missed a beat since his freshman season," Sehome coach Bonna Giller said. "Brady has established himself as the No. 1 singles tennis player in the conference. ... And Brady is only going to get better."

Reach DAVID RASBACH at david.rasbach@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2271.

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