Less than a day after coming within two games of winning a third straight Class 1A volleyball state title, Lynden Christian swept the top honors for the All-Northwest Conference volleyball team, which was released Sunday night.
Senior outside hitter Hannah Rusnak was selected Most Outstanding Player by the league’s coaches, and Kim Grycel was selected Coach of the Year.
The Lyncs breezed to the NWC title in the regular season and advanced to the 1A state championship match without a loss before running into Nine Mile Falls Lakeside, which ended LC’s hope of a three-peat with a 25-17, 26-24, 17-25, 26-24 win Saturday at the Yakima Valley SunDome.
Lyncs senior libero Emmalee Bailey joined Rusnak on the first team.
Ferndale, which placed eighth at the Class 3A state tournament, landed senior outside hitter Whitney Walker on the first team.
Squalicum, which advanced to the state tournament for second time in four years, had junior outside hitter Emma Schroder make the first team.
After making it to the state tournament for the first time since 1991, Bellingham placed senior libero Sophia Lawrence on the first team.
The first team was rounded out by Burlington-Edison’s Rachel King, Lakewood’s Sidney Goodall and Jelly Perry and Anacortes’ Caitlin Ware.
Whatcom County players making the second team were Bellingham’s Jocelyn Johnson, Ferndale’s Hailey Pelton and Kylie Honrud, Lynden’s Abi Broussard, Lynden Christian’s Avery Dykstra, Nooksack Valley’s Katrina Gimmaka and Squalicum’s Abby Miller.
Most Outstanding Player: Hannah Rusnak (Lynden Christian)
Coach of the Year: Kim Grycel (Lynden Christian)