High School Sports

LC wins Reach the Peak

Lynden Christian’s volleyball team is the Reach the Peak champion for the first time in school history, after rolling through the tournament on Saturday, Oct. 4, at Glacier Peak High School.

The Lyncs topped Lake Washington, Stanwood and Woodinville in pool play before advancing past 3A ranked opponents Glacier Peak (quarterfinal), Ferndale (semifinal) and Garfield (final).

“It was great to push through and win,” LC coach Kim Grycel said in a phone interview. “It was a long day, playing volleyball for 11 hours.”

Kara Bajema led the team with 59 kills on the day, while Morgan Van Kooten registered 18 blocks, Carli Tjoelker had 42 assists and Erika Shaw had nine aces.

“It helps us get in shape. We had to play a lot of volleyball in one day,” Grycel said. “To play against these teams that have big hitters and are running quick offenses helps us focus on our defense. Our offense is pretty good but defense wins championships. The girls stepped up and shut down some big hitters.”

Ferndale finished in third place after losing to LC in the semis. The Golden Eagles were led by Rose Compton (30 kills) and Abby Reid (83 assists, 35 digs).