Lynden Christian volleyball reaches semifinals of Reach the Peak Invite


Lynden Christian volleyball showed it can play with the big schools at the Reach the Peak Invite on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Glacier Peak. The Lyncs were the only 1A team out of the 17 teams invited and made it to the semifinals before being knocked out.

"It was great competition all day - none of the matches were easy," Lynden Christian coach Kim Grycel said in a phone interview. "We played five great games. This is the furthest we've gotten in this tournament."

Kara Bajema led Lynden Christian with 29 kills, 45 digs and 14 aces. Madison Weg had 24 kills, 22 assists and 27 digs, and Karley De Jager added 22 kills.

The Lyncs lost their first match of the day to Stanwood 25-18, 25-21 but came back to win their next two matches to qualify for the upper bracket in the tournament. Lynden Christian beat Woodinville 25-18, 25-17 and Cascade (Seattle) 25-16, 25-18.

In the quarterfinals, the Lyncs defeated Shorewood 25-12, 22-25, 17-15 before they ran into Stanwood again and were defeated 25-12, 25-22.

Lynden Christian's next match is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at home against Ferndale.

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