High School Sports

Lynden Christian Lyncs volleyball preview

Coach: Kim Grycel

Last year: 19-4 overall, 10-2 NWC (third place). ... Went 2-1 at the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament and won both matches at the tri-district tournament to earn a spot at state. ... Opened up with a win over Connell before losing to Nine Mile Falls Lakeside in the second round at state, eventually placing fourth after wins over Zillah and Bothell Cedar Park Christian.

Players to watch: Kara Bajema (Jr., OH); Madison Weg (Sr., S/OH); Morgan Van Kooten (Sr., MH); Hannah Rusnak (So., OH).

Outlook: Kim Grycel has good reason to be optimistic for the upcoming season with the return of several key contributors from last year’s fourth-place club. Bajema, Weg and Van Kooten make up maybe the tallest front line in the NWC, and all logged significant minutes last year. “The team has a lot of experience, and six seniors bring a lot of intensity and strong playing ability,” Grycel said in a phone interview. “They have a lot of goals this year, and they really want to get back to state.” The Lyncs, with their size and experience, pose a serious threat to content for a state title — Bajema and Weg leading the way with their power and versatility up front. “Kara really developed her game to being one of the best outside hitters in the state,” Grycel said. Coming on early in camp was the 5-foot-7 Rusnak, who will compliment Bajema as yet another option for Grycel on the outside. Senior Emily Veening will hold down the libero position, again offering a veteran presence in the middle of Lynden Christian’s lineup.