The Lynden Christian and Ferndale volleyball teams opened the season ranked Nos. 2 and 3 in the Washington State Coaches Association poll released Monday, Sept. 19.
The two-time defending Class 1A state champion Lyncs were ranked behind only Bothell Cedar Park Christian – the team LC beat in three sets in the state championship match last fall – in the Week 1 poll.
Ferndale, which is seeking its first state tournament trophy since finishing fifth in 1992, was No. 3 in the Class 3A poll behind No. 1 Bellevue and Bishop Blanchet.
No other Whatcom County teams were ranked, though Anacortes was No. 10 in Class 2A behind top-ranked Archbishop Murphy. Mead (4A), Colfax (2B) and Oakesdale (1B) earned the top spots in their classifications.
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Lynden Christian is coming off its highest finish at the Yakima Valley SunDome Volleyball Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17, as the Lyncs finished second. LC lost to Class 4A No. 2 Yakima West Valley in the championship match after beating Chiawana, Davis, White River, King’s and Eagle, Idaho. Hannah Rusnak had 65 kills in the tournament, and Sofie Fransen had 117 assists.