High School Sports

Ferndale rallies to hand Bellingham first loss

The Ferndale volleyball team rallied from down 2-1 to win the final two sets and defeat Bellingham in five on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Ferndale High School in a Northwest Conference matchup.

“It was great competition all night long,” Bellingham coach Kim Bjorklund said in a phone interview. “When we balance ourselves out, we have a really strong offense. ... Each one of those games could have gone either way.”

The Golden Eagles jumped out to take the first game, 25-21, before the Red Raiders won the second and third, 28-26, 28-26. Ferndale then claimed the fourth 25-22 and the fifth 15-12 to get the strong NWC victory.

“It’s really good to get a five-game match in early in the season,” Ferndale coach Patti Hoelzle said in a phone interview. “We have some young players. They needed to feel what that feels like. ... They really came together after making some early mistakes.”

Summer Douglas led Bellingham with 17 kills. Brittany Western added 38 assists, and Olivia Bjorklund had 21 digs.

Taryn Potter had 15 kills and three blocks for the Golden Eagles. Rose Compton added six blocks, as well.

Both Bellingham (4-1, NWC 2-1) and Ferndale (4-1, NWC 2-1) are back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 30, with the Red Raiders hosting Lynden Christian and the Golden Eagles welcoming Sehome.