High School Sports

Bellingham splits district games, keeps state hopes alive

Bellingham’s volleyball team kept its hopes for the state tournament alive after splitting both games in the Class 2A District Tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Shorecrest High School.

The Red Raiders lost the first game against Archbishop Murphy 25-17, 25-20, 25-15 and was able to bounce back with the season on the line to beat Shorecrest 25-22, 24-26, 25-22, 25-23.

Outside hitter Anna Zeegers recorded 18 kills and 24 digs, outside hitter Olivia Bjorklund totaled 10 kills and 14 digs, and setter Cassidy Fulton led the team with 41 assists.

“We battled back and forth. Our team was mentally focused the whole time,” Bellingham coach Kim Bjorklund said in a phone interview. “We didn’t give up after playing seven games tonight.”

After losing the first match of the night in three straight sets, Bellingham had a short break to refocus for the second match in order to stay alive in the district tournament. And that certainly paid off as the Red Raiders battled through four competitive sets in the victory over Shorecrest.

“We came alive in the second game,” Bjorklund said. “We came alive and played Red Raider volleyball.”

The team as a whole was able to maintain focus and battle to the end. The sets were neck and neck, and Bjorklund is proud of her team, Bjorklund said.

This is the first district tournament Bellingham has been in since Bjorklund has been coach of the team. Now that the team has made districts, the Red Raiders have their sights set on the state tournament.

“The goal was to make it to districts and we did. Now our goal is to make it to state,” Bjorklund said.

Bellingham plays its next game in the district tournament against Lakewood at noon, Nov. 8, at Squalicum High School. With a win, the Red Raiders will play in the third-place game later on Nov. 8.

Caddiey Fulton’s assist total corrected on Nov. 6, 2014.