High School Sports

Lynden Christian volleyball claims second at Reach the Peak Tournament

For the second time in as many tournaments this season, the Lynden Christian volleyball team showed it’s capable of competing with strong teams, no matter how big a school it is.

The Lyncs matched their second-place showing at the Yakima Valley SunDome Invitational last month by placing second at the Reach the Peak Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Glacier Peak High School, falling 25-21, 27-25 to Class 2A No. 1 Archbishop Murphy in the championship match.

“I’ll take second again,” LC coach Kim Grycel said. “We lost in a 2A, 3A, 4A tournament in Yakima to the No. 1 4A school in the state in West Valley. This tournament was all 2A, 3A, 4A, and we got to the championship match and lost to unbeaten Archbishop Murphy. That’s not bad.”

To get to the title match, the Lyncs beat Hazen, Everett and Roosevelt to win their pool, then dispatched Glacier Peak in the quarterfinals and Issaquah in the semifinals.

Hannah Rusnak joined the team in the quarterfinals, her arrival delayed by taking the SAT test at a nearby site, but still managed 41 kills in six games. Sofia Fransen logged 92 assists, while Avery Dykstra had 30 kills and six aces and Emmalee Bailey recorded six aces and 52 digs.

The Lyncs return to Northwest Conference play Tuesday, Oct. 4, when they travel to Meridian.