Both the Sehome and Burlington-Edison volleyball teams dominated the Northwest Conference in 2013, so it should come as no surprise that the two teams were well represented when the all-conference selections were unveiled.
The Class 2A State Champion Tigers, who defeated Capital handedly in the finals in straight sets, had two players on the first team - hitter Alyssa Terwilliger and setter Sam Alumbres - that accompanied the NWC Player of the Year, outside hitter Maggie McTaggart. Coach Tawnya Brewer was selected as the the NWC Coach of the Year, as well.
Burlington-Edison never tasted defeat at any point this season, going a perfect 21-0 while only losing two sets all season.
Sehome, which finished fourth at the Class 2A State Volleyball Championships, had three players chosen for the first team. Senior outside hitter Taylor Lyall led the Mariners to a 17-4 regular-season record, and she was accompanied by senior middle blocker Erika Smith and junior hitter Dani Johnson. Sehome made it to the state semifinals, losing to Capital in four sets despite taking the opening set. The Mariners went on to lose in four sets against the 2012 state champion West Valley in the consolation final.
Both Squalicum and Lynden, which finished seventh and eighth at state, respectively, were represented in the first-team selections.
The Storm was represented by a pair of seniors, libero Kayla Chang and outside hitter Meghan Lowry. Squalicum boasted a senior-heavy roster. After losing its opening-round match against Spokane East Valley, it went on to win its next three matches - all of which came in four sets - for the schools' first-ever state tournament trophy. Before this season, the Storm had never even won a match in the district playoffs, let alone state.
Lynden outside hitter Kat Webb was the Lions' lone first-team selection. Webb, a junior, led Lynden to a tough, five-set win in the consolation first round against Ridgefield.
Rounding out the first-team selections were two Lynden Christian standouts, junior do-it-all Madison Weg and sophomore hitter Kara Bajema. The Lyncs, who advanced to their 17th consecutive state 1A volleyball tournament, won their opening-round match against in against Connell in five sets, but proceeded to lose in four sets to Lakeside in the quarterfinals. Lynden Christian went on to defeat Zillah and Cedar Park Christian to finish in fifth place at the 1A State Volleyball Championships.
Second-team selections included Ferndale's Abby Reid and Whitney Walker. Ferndale lost both its matches at the Class 3A State Volleyball Championships.
Sehome and Burlington-Edison also had two players chosen for the second team. Megan Greer and Kendra Thomas rounded out the Mariners' selections, and Emily Agren and Alana Handy did so for the Tigers.
Karley De Jager, an outside hitter, gave Lynden Christian three total players chosen.
Three NWC teams had one player chosen to all-conference teams.
Bellingham's Olivia Bjorklund was the Red Raiders' lone selection. Nooksack Valley had one selection as well in outside hitter Lindsay Hayes, and Anacortes was represented by Marla Melling.
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ALL-NORTHWEST CONFERENCE TEAM
Most Valuable Player: Maggie McTaggart, Burlington-Edison
Coach of the Year: Tawnya Brewer, Burlington-Edison
Player Yr. School
Alyssa Terwilliger Sr. Burlington-Edison
Taylor Lyall Sr. Sehome
Erika Smith Sr. Sehome
Dani Johnson Jr. Sehome
Kat Webb Jr. Lynden
Sam Alumbres Jr. Burlington-Edison
Kayla Chang Sr. Squalicum
Madison Weg Jr. Lynden Christian
Kara Bajema So. Lynden Christian
Meghan Lowry Sr. Squalicum
Player Yr. School
Abby Reid Jr. Ferndale
Megan Greer Jr. Sehome
Whitney Walker Fr. Ferndale
Olivia Bjorklund Jr. Bellingham
Karley De Jager Sr. Lynden Christian
Lindsay Hayes Jr. Nooksack Valley
Alana Handy So. Burlington-Edison
Marla Melling NA Anacortes
Emily Agren Jr. Burlington-Edison
Kendra Thomas Sr. Sehome