High School Sports

Blaine wins up and down match over Mount Baker

Blaine’s volleyball team bounced back from a first-set loss to take a 24-26, 25-15, 25-13, 11-25, 15-13 win over Mount Baker on Thursday, Sept. 11, at Blaine.

The Borderites were led by Mikayla Deming’s 11 kills and eight blocks in the win. Elle Moore contributed 13 digs. Freshman setter Josie Deming came in halfway through the match, when starter Brittany Newton was injured, and finished with 46 assists.

“Mikayla Deming and Elle Moore are our two senior starters, and they’re very much the leaders emotionally and physically,” Blaine coach Bryan Clausen said in a phone interview. “The first set we were just nervous. Then we played so well the next two sets that I put in the reserves for the fourth set, and it didn’t turn out too well.”

Clausen was impressed with how his team bounced back after making blocking mistakes and defensive coverage errors against Meridian on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The Borderites didn’t commit a blocking error and were solid on short-game defense on Thursday, Clausen said.

“Mount Baker did a lot of good things, too,” he added. “Their servers did a great job, and they played good defense.”

Blaine and Mount Baker will participate in the Lynden Tournament at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Lynden High School.