All-Whatcom County Volleyball Team

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDDecember 25, 2013 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

TAYLOR LYALL

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: Outside hitter

What she did: One of the most imposing forces in the NWC at 6-foot-1, propelling the Mariners to a fourth-place finish at the Class 2A State Championships. ... Leadership and propensity for momentum-swinging kills was a big reason why Sehome finished 15-1 in the regular season and second in the NWC. ... Paired with junior hitter Dani Johnson to make one of the most formidable 1-2 combo's in the state. ... Selected first-team all-NWC.

THROUGH THE YEARS

The Bellingham Herald's County Girls' Swimming Athlete of the Year winners:

2013: Taylor Lyall, Sehome

2012: McKenzie Impero, Nooksack Valley

2011: Jasmine Hommes, Lynden Christian

2010: Jasmine Hommes, Lynden Christian

2009: Andrea Vicic, Lynden Christian

2008: Jessi Roberts, Lynden

2007: Jessi Roberts, Lynden

2006: Jessi Roberts, Lynden

2005: Kara Bergerson, Mount Baker

COACH OF THE YEAR

KRISTY WHITE

School: Sehome

What she did: Led the Mariners to within one match of playing for a state championship. ... Fiery yet calm coach helped her team win the first 11 conference games of the year until the Mariners finally fell to eventual champion Burlington-Edison in the final match of the conference season.

KARA BAJEMA

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Sophomore

Position: Hitter

What she did: Teamed with Madison Weg to make a lethal and lengthy pair of powerful hitters for Lynden Christian. ... Despite only being a sophomore, Bajema rarely looked it, continually pounding kill after kill in helping push the Lyncs to a fifth-place finish at the Class 1A State Championships. ... Selected first-team all-NWC.

OLIVIA BJORKLUND

School: Bellingham

Year: Junior

Position: Hitter

What she did: Bellingham might have just fallen shy of making the postseason, but it was certainly by no fault of Bjorklund. ... The junior hitter had numerous double-digit kill games, including a 17-kill performance early in the season that showed just how lethal she can be from the outside. ... Poised for a strong senior run with Bellingham. ... Selected second-team all-NWC.

KAYLA CHANG

School: Squalicum

Year: Senior

Position: Libero

What she did: The heart and soul of the Storm, which claimed seventh place at the Class 2A State Championships. ... Continually displayed her willingness to do whatever was necessary to keep the ball from hitting the ground. ... As a captain, was a part of Squalicum winning its first-ever match at the district level and qualify for state for the first time in program history. ... Selected first-team all-NWC.

MEGAN GREER

School: Sehome

Year: Junior

Position: Setter

What she did: Dani Johnson and Taylor Lyall may have gotten most of the credit for their ground-breaking kills, but it was Greer who set the two up for their tremendous seasons. ... A calming and stable force for Sehome in the middle, routinely providing strong defense and well-placed balls for the Mariners' big hitters. ... Selected second-team all-NWC.

DANI JOHNSON

School: Sehome

Year: Junior

Position: Outside hitter

What she did: Provided Sehome another option alongside Taylor Lyall, combining to create possibly one of the most lethal pair of hitters in the state. ... Displayed time and again her ability to hit with ferocity and power at the Class 2A State Tournament, helping the Mariners place fourth. ... Also a gifted blocker, using her length and height to disrupt hitting lanes. ... Selected first-team all-NWC.

MEGHAN LOWRY

School: Squalicum

Year: Senior

Position: Outside hitter

What she did: As Kayla Chang provided the Storm with the energy and defense, Lowry gave Squalicum nearly everything else. ... The senior was a tremendous threat from outside hitter, continually overpowering the opposing team's front line. ... Played an instrumental role offensively and as a leader getting Squalicum to seventh place in 2A State Championships. ... Selected first-team all-NWC.

ABBY REID

School: Ferndale

Year: Junior

Position: Setter

What she did: Skill set was wide and vast, as the senior routinely filled up the stat sheet with kills, assists, digs and aces for the Golden Eagles. ... The team captain was instrumental in helping Ferndale get to the Class 3A State Championships after winning the Northwest District tournament despite being the No. 4 seed. ... Selected second-team all-NWC.

ERIKA SMITH

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: Middle blocker

What she did: While Johnson and Lyall were notching kills left and right, Smith was in the middle providing her length to the defensive side of the net. ... In Sehome's run through state, Smith's presence as a hitter and blocker showed the level of versatility she brought to the Mariners' squad, inevitably playing a paramount role in Sehome finishing fourth. ... Selected first-team all-NWC.

KAT WEBB

School: Lynden

Year: Junior

Position: Outside hitter

What she did: Webb played an integral part in helping lift the Lions to an eighth-place finish at the Class 2A State Volleyball Championships despite starting the season 0-5. ... Whenever Lynden needed a big hit, one thing was certain - junior setter Kaitlyn Mark was going to Webb. ... Displayed a wide array of shots that continually kept opposing defenses off balance. ... Selected first-team all-NWC.

MADISON WEG

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Junior

Position: Hitter/setter

What she did: Coach Kim Grycel believed so strongly in Weg's skill set that she did something she has rarely done in her tenure at LC - allow a player to be both a setter and an outside hitter, dictating the flow of the offense almost entirely. ... Versatility was a big factor in helping lead the Lyncs to a fifth-place finish at the Class 1A State Volleyball Tournament. ... Selected first-team all-NWC.

HONORABLE MENTION

Athlete School

Karley De Jager Lynden Christian

Tori Fox Ferndale

Lindsay Hayes Nooksack Valley

Emma Lallas Mount Baker

Kaitlyn Mark Lynden

Hannah Pitsch Ferndale

Kendra Thomas Sehome

Whitney Walker Ferndale

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