Nooksack Valley volleyball falters against King's

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDOctober 30, 2013 

Nooksack Valley was able to take the first match against Mount Baker but was unable to move past King's, who advanced through the top half of the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament bracket on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Nooksack defeated Baker 25-12, 25-14, 25-13 in the opening match of the tournament. King's took the reins in the second match and defeated the Pioneers 25-12, 25-14, 25-13.

"King's was really good," coach Katie Emmons said in a phone interview. "They had a fast offense and spread the ball out. I thought we stayed composed but they overpowered us."

The Pioneers had strong performances from Lindsay Hayes (21 kills, 29 digs), Taryn Tenkley (18 kills, 25 digs) and Mariah Perry (40 digs).

After losing the first match against Nooksack, Baker went on to defeat Blaine 25-12, 19-25, 25-18, 27-25. Blaine lost its first match against King's 25-14, 25-12, 25-13.

"We definitely stepped it up against Blaine," Baker coach Mary LeSage said in a phone interview. "It was a scrappy match, but we always play Blaine that way. I'm just proud of my girls for sticking it out. That fourth game was a tough one."

Mount Baker's Emily Yost had 22 assists against Blaine. Emma Lallas was also strong with 12 kills and Tanya Kashubin had 8 kills.

Blaine's season is over after losing both games in the double elimination tournament.

"It's frustrating but if you look at the beginning of the season and compare it to now, they are much improved," coach Bryan Clausen said in a phone interview. "There was a steep learning curve but they played extremely well with the experience they had.

Ending the season on a positive note for Blaine was Mikayla Deming, who had 11 kills on the day, and Mandy Hayes, who had 10 kills, three aces and six blocks. Elle Moore also had 26 digs on the day.

The tournament continues on Saturday, Nov. 2. Mount Baker faces South Whidbey and Nooksack plays Friday Harbor and all teams are fighting to save their seasons.

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

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