High School Sports

Baker gets put up against wall with loss in first round

The road just got a whole lot tougher for Mount Baker’s volleyball team in the 1A district playoffs.

The Mountaineers lost 25-19, 25-20, 25-16 to South Whidbey in the first round of districts on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Cedar Park Christian High School.

“We struggled to play consistently in each game,” Baker coach Paige Huttula said in a phone interview. “We had a lull in each game.”

Mount Baker was led by Emily Yost, Emily Brandland, Maddy Tanis and Sara Verry.

Yost had 21 assists and six blocks, Verry had 18 digs, Brandland had six blocks and six kills and Tanis had five kills and seven blocks.

Despite the loss, Huttula isn’t disappointed with her team’s effort.

“I’m proud of them as a whole,” Huttula said. “We really fought. I felt like it was a closer game than the score indicates. We made quite a few errors.”

The Mountaineers will play King’s on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Lynden Christian High School. The winner will stay alive in the district tournament and clinch a spot in the bi-district tournament, the loser will be eliminated.

“I feel like sometimes my girls play better when their backs are against the wall,” Huttula said. “We’ll find out what we’re made of Saturday. It’s do or die.”

Mount Baker finished the regular season 4-11 overall and 4-8 in the Northwest Conference. The Mountaineers are currently on a four-game losing streak, their last win, a 3-0 victory, coming against Meridian on Oct. 18.

“We have to play games from start to finish,” Huttula said. “It’s a fight for our lives.”