High School Sports

All-Whatcom County Volleyball capsules

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

KARA BAJEMA

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Junior

Position: Outside hitter

What she did: Powerful hitter for the Class 1A state champion Lyncs. ... Recorded a whopping 435 kills — an average of 4.7 per set. ... While she’s known for her powerful strikes, her hitting percentage was .315, and she’s better on defense than she gets credit for. ... Had 233 digs, averaging 2.5 per set, and had 50 blocks. ... First team all-NWC selection.

First team

OLIVIA BJORKLUND

School: Bellingham

Year: Senior

Position: Outside hitter

What she did: One of Bellingham’s top hitters. Helped the Red Raiders to within one game of the state tournament and a 10-7 record, which is one of the best season coach and mother Kim Bjorklund has had with Bellingham. ... Recorded 143 kills, 31 aces and 193 digs on the year. ... Second team all-NWC selection.

SUMMER DOUGLAS

School: Bellingham

Year: Junior

Position: Right side

What she did: A strong right side hitter for a Red Raiders team that fell a win short of a state berth. ... Bellingham went 10-7 on the season. ... Douglas recorded 175 kills, 54 aces and 226 digs. ... Formed a great trio of hitters with Anna Zeegers and Olivia Bjorklund. ... First team all NWC selection.

TARYN FREY

School: Lynden

Year: Junior

Position: Middle blocker

What she did: Lynden just missed out on the postseason with a 6-8 record, falling to Squalicum in the final match of the regular season, but Frey was a big reason why the Lions came so close. ... Recorded 110 kills, 38.5 blocks and 33 aces, proving to be a force in the middle of the net for Lynden.

EMILY GREER

School: Sehome

Year: Junior

Position: Outside hitter

What she did: Doesn’t have the height of a traditional volleyball player, but managed to battled through her size disadavantage and emerged as one of the top hitters in the league. ... Likely will take over as Sehome’s top hitter next season, after leading the Mariners to a 19-2 record and a fourth-place trophy at the Class 2A State Tournament. ... Second-team all-NWC selection.

MEGAN GREER

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: Setter

What she did: One of the shortest players in the Northwest Conference, but one of the best setters in the state and possesses a unique ability to find several Mariner hitters anywhere on the court. ... Helped the Mariners to a Class 2A state semifinal appearance, a fourth-place trophy and a 19-2 record. ... Second team all-NWC selection.

DANI JOHNSON

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: Outside hitter

What she did: A crafty hitter for the Mariners. ... While Johnson may not get noticed for rising above the net and delivering a strike, still possesses that ability. ... Has an innate ability to find a way to get kills when she’s nowhere near the net. ... Helped the Mariners to a perfect regular season record and a fourth-place finish at the Class 2A State Tournament. ... Selected NWC Player of the Year.

NATALIE KNOPS

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: Libero

What she did: Didn’t get as much recognition as her fellow Mariner counterparts, but was just as vital to the Mariners’ fourth-place Class 2A state finish, 19-2 record and Northwest District title. ... Defensive abilities were among the best in the league and was one of coach Kristy White's leaders. ... White noted that she never gave up in the state semifinal loss to North Kitsap.

TARYN POTTER

School: Ferndale

Year: Junior

Position: Middle blocker

What she did: A dynamic middle blocker, who propelled Ferndale to a state berth while the Golden Eagles went 14-6. ... Recorded 2.7 kills per set and 0.5 blocks per set. ... Improved as the season went on despite battling an injury. ... Recorded 5.1 kills per set in the Golden Eagles’ final three matches of the season. ... First team all-NWC selection.

ABBY REID

School: Ferndale

Year: Senior

Position: Setter

What she did: The lone senior and heart of Ferndale’s state squad. ... Recorded 8.4 assists per set and picked her spots to find a kill better than anyone in the Northwest Conference. ... Also a strong defender, leading Ferndale in digs with 2.7 per set. ... Filled out a stat sheet, as she also recorded .6 aces per set. ... First-team all-NWC selection.

WHITNEY WALKER

School: Ferndale

Year: Sophomore

Position: Outside hitter

What she did: Pproved to be a great asset to Ferndale’s squad that went 14-6 and advanced to the Class 3A State Tournament. ... Recorded 2.9 kills per set while also tallying 0.6 assists per set. ... A solid all-around outside hitter that should propel this team to greater heights in seasons to come. ... Second team all-NWC selection.

MADISON WEG

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Senior

Position: Setter/outside hitter

What she did: Talented enough to play in a hybrid setter/outside hitter role for the Class 1A state champion Lyncs. ... Had 254 kills — 2.9 per set — remarkable, even for a pure outside hitter. ... Tallied 393 assists — 4.2 per set. ... Hitting percentage remained high at .328, but a somewhat underrated part of her game is her ability to defend at the net. ... Had 78 blocks. ... First team all-NWC selection.

COACH OF THE YEAR

KIM GRYCEL

School: Lynden Christian

What she did: In the 18th straight season she’s captained the Lyncs to the state tournament, Grycel led the program to its first state title at the Class 1A State Tournament. ... Guided Lynden Christian to a 19-2 record, going 11-1 in the Northwest Conference play. ... Only NWC loss came in a four-setter to Class 2A state semifinalist Sehome. ... Selected NWC Coach of the Year.

HONORABLE MENTION

Kate AlvordSqualicum

Julia BroussardMeridian

Mikayla DemingBlaine

Natalie KnopsSehome

Kaitlyn MarkLynden

Mariah PerryNooksack Valley

Hannah RusnakLynden Christian

Lauren RoddyLynden

Kelsey SegrenSqualicum

Carli TjoelkerLynden Christian

Emily VeeningLynden Christian

Sarah VerryMount Baker

Anna ZeegersBellingham

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