Nooksack Valley narrowly advances past Life Christian Academy at tri-districts


Nooksack Valley volleyball stopped a comeback attempt by Life Christian Academy to stay alive in postseason play Thursday, Nov. 7, at Life Christian Academy. The Pioneers jumped out to an early two-set lead before Life Christian came back, but Nooksack Valley took the final set to lock up the 25-18, 25-23, 20-25, 20-25, 15-13 win.

Lindsay Hayes led Nooksack Valley with 20 kills and 25 digs, and Taryn Tenkley added 13 kills and 12 digs. Abbi Steele also had 39 assists, Mariah Perry had 31 digs, and Taylor Sletvik pitched in 13 digs.

The Pioneers had to have a big defensive night, because Life Christian's star player was a "huge hitter," Nooksack Valley coach Katie Emmons said in a phone interview.

"We tracked their hitters well," she added. "Some of our girls would get a crucial block, then turn around and have a great serve, too. They all play for their teammates."

After Nooksack Valley won the first two sets, Life Christian put the Pioneers on their heels and took them out of their game.

"They just served so aggressively, and that broke our serve-receive down," Emmons said.

Emmons wants to work on rounding out the Pioneers' offense more and keeping their middles active before they meet the winner of the South Whidbey-Bellevue Christian game at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at King's High School.

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