Bellingham’s volleyball team took second place in as four Whatcom County teams competed in the Mount Baker Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Mount Baker.
The Red Raiders lost in three sets to Bellevue Christian in the final after defeating Meridian (3-0), Darrington (2-1) and Forrest Ridge (2-1) in pool play. In elimination play, Bellingham defeated Riverside and Lakewood.
“We played with a different lineup because we had some kids at ACT tests and different places,” Bellingham coach Kim Bjorklund said in a phone interview. “Olivia (Bjorklund) and Summer (Douglas) led the team all day long. They bring the heat all the time. They inspire people by getting key kills. It’s nice to have those leaders on the court.”
Bjorklund was also impressed with Jocelyn Johnson, who moved to outside hitter from middle due to all the lineup adjustments.
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Blaine also competed in the tournament, with losses to Bellevue Christian (2-1) and Mount Vernon Christian (2-1) and a win over Sultan (2-1) in pool play. In the tournament, the Borderites ran through Sultan in two sets and lost a heartbreaking comeback attempt to Darrington 2-1 before beating Meridian 2-0 to take third in their bracket.
“In the third set against Darrington the girls came out flat and were down 14-5,” Blaine coach Bryan Clausen said in a phone interview. “The girls fought all the way to 13 and we got a blocking error and they won. I told them how proud I was and how well they fought.”
Elle Moore led Blaine with 35 kills, 45 digs and seven aces in the tournament. Mikayla Deming added 25 kills, 30 digs and eight blocks, and Josie Deming had 36 digs and 115 assists.
Mount Baker lost to Riverside Christian 2-1 and to Lakewood 3-0 in pool play, and in tournament play defeated Meridian 2-0 before losing 2-0 to Darrington.
“We had a rough day,” Mount Baker coach Paige Huttula said in a phone interview. “Emily Yost is just always a consistent player throughout the day. She does a fantastic job as she did today. Maddy Tannis is consistently aggressive in blocking and hitting.”
Meridian also competed but could not be reached for comment.