Lyncs rally to finish fifth at state


Lynden Christian volleyball finished its season on a positive note, winning its last two games to finish fifth at the Class 1A state tournament Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

The Lyncs defeated Zillah 25-19, 25-22, 23-25, 25-11 to put themselves in position to get a trophy.

Kara Bajema and Karley De Jager led the team with 13 kills. Bajema added 14 digs. Madison Weg was also a strong contributor, finishing with nine kills, 30 assists and 11 digs.

Riding high on tail of their victory, the Lyncs topped Cedar Park Christian 26-24, 25-19, 22-25, 25-17 to take fifth place.

De Jager made the last match of her high school career a great one with 14 kills. Bajema had an equally impressive outing with 10 kills, 10 digs and seven aces. Other contributors were Weg (4 kills, 24 assists), Emily Veening (12 digs, five aces) and Morgan Van Kooten (seven blocks, four kills).

"To finish fifth and have two wins today is a credit to my team for bouncing back," coach Kim Grycel said in a phone interview. "It was a disappointing loss yesterday, but it's a young team. To finish on a high note is exciting."

The Lyncs lose seniors De Jager, Hannah Wynstra and Ashley Miedema next season.

"The seniors were really committed to putting the team first," said Grycel, who is in her 18th season as a coach. "This is one of the most fun years I've ever had. We just had a lot of fun. They are great people who love each other and love the team."

Lynden Christian finished 19-4 on the year and was the highest-placing team at state from their tri-district tournament. The Lyncs finished fourth in tri-districts.

"It's been such a great season," Grycel said. "I'm just really proud of my team."

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