Nooksack Valley volleyball tops Bellingham after rough first set


The Nooksack Valley volleyball team defeated Bellingham 20-25, 25-14, 25-22, 25-23 on Thursday, Oct. 24, in a Northwest Conference match at Bellingham High School.

After Bellingham took the first set, the Pioneers were able to address some things in the changeover to swing the momentum their way.

"The first game, we were very lethargic," Nooksack Valley coach Katie Emmons said in a phone interview. "I am really happy with the way they responded after the first game. We could have just thrown in the towel."

Anna Zeegers had 16 kills for Bellingham, and Catie Welch added 14 digs. Kellie Hofstetter also had 35 assists for the Red Raiders. Brianna Turner had five blocks and five kills for the Pioneers.

"After tonight we are going into the gym and we are going to hit it hard," Bellingham coach Kim Bjorklund said in a phone interview. "The mental game is so important right now, and I think our girls will be coming in and having a focused practice."

Bellingham plays next at the Mount Baker invite on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Mount Baker High School. Nooksack Valley's next match is at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at home against Sedro-Woolley.

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