Sehome sweeps twice, advance to championship match

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDNovember 6, 2013 

Sehome volleyball was able to sweep in both of its matches to make it to the Class 2A district championship game.

The Mariners won their first match over Lake Washington 25-6, 25-8, 25-9 and then took a break while Lynden finished up its game in five sets.

Lynden ended up defeating Archbishop Murphy 16-25, 25-21, 25-14, 23-25, 15-13 but the five sets took the energy out of the Lions.

Sehome ended up making quick work of Lynden, winning 25-23, 25-19, 25-18.

"Sehome got to sit and watch us play five intense sets against Archbishop," Lynden coach Julie Clift said in a phone interview. "We played strong in the first set, but just ran out of gas."

Sehome got strong performances throughout the day from Taylor Lyall (25 kills, four aces), Dani Johnson (19 kills, 10 aces, 18 digs) and Danielle Strasser (10 kills). In the Mariners' first game against Lake Washington, Sehome recorded 19 service aces.

"We wanted to play our game," Sehome coach Kristy White said in a phone interview. "We played disciplined volleyball and executed quick."

Lynden also got several good performances on the day. Kat Webb recorded 34 kills and 42 digs between the two matches, Kaitlyn Mark tallied 57 assists and Alexa Shindruk had 36 digs.

"I'm proud of the girls," Clift said. "We played a strong team in Sehome, but we came out to battle and still fought hard."

Sehome faces Burlington-Edison in the championship game Saturday, Nov. 9, at Squalicum High School. Lynden plays in a winner-to-state match against Lakewood on Saturday.

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