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LC volleyball to rely on veterans following state title run

Lynden Christian's Kara Bajema spikes the ball against King's during the 1A Northwest District Volleyball Tournament at Lynden Christian High School on Oct. 29, 2014 in Lynden, Wash.
Lynden Christian's Kara Bajema spikes the ball against King's during the 1A Northwest District Volleyball Tournament at Lynden Christian High School on Oct. 29, 2014 in Lynden, Wash. The Bellingham Herald

Coach: Kim Grycel

Last year: Went 19-2 overall and 11-1 in the Northwest Conference (second). ... Only two losses came to Sehome in regular season and Cedar Park Christian in Class 1A District Tournament. ... Went 4-0 at state, three wins were straight-set victories including the championship game. ... Won first state title in school history.

Players to watch: Kara Bajema (OH, Sr.), Hannah Rusnak (OH, Jr.)

Outlook: The returning Class 1A state champions may seem like a much younger team than in previous years, and that’s because they are. But make no mistake, the strength of this team is with its upperclassmen. Reigning All-Whatcom County Player of the Year Kara Bajema is the most powerful hitter in the conference and should lead the team in kills again. She’ll join junior Hannah Rusnak, who was a state champion in track and is using her speed and jumping ability to really improve her hitting, coach Kim Grycel said in an email. That combination will be near impossible to defend. Passing them the ball will be senior setter Carli Tjoelker, while Emmalee Bailey takes over libero duties from graduated Emily Veening, who left big shoes to fill. Also taking on a lead role this year will be middle Riley VanHulzen, who played a big part on last year’s state champion squad after Morgan VanKooten went down with a knee injury. She’s only a sophomore and probably the future star of the Lyncs.

2015 Roster

Player

Pos.

Yr.

Kara Bajema

OH

Sr.

Carli Tjoelker

S

Sr.

Brooke Nordstrom

DS

Sr.

Emmalee Bailey

L

Jr.

Hannah Rusnak

OH

Jr.

Riley VanHulzen

MH

So.

Avery Dykstra

OH

So.

Reghan Thomas

OH

Sr.

Torina Hommes

MH

Fr.

Kelsie Otter

L

Fr.

Meredith Knapp

MH

So.

Caitlin Burrows

OH

Jr.

Sofie Fransen

S

Fr.

2015 Schedule

Date

Opponent

Time

Sept. 12

Chelan (at Cascade)

TBD

Sept. 12

at Cascade

11 a.m.

Sept. 17

at Meridian*

7 p.m.

Sept. 19

at Yakima Valley Sundome Tourney

TBD

Sept. 22

at Ferndale*

7 p.m.

Sept. 24

Lynden*

7 p.m.

Sept. 29

Bellingham*

7 p.m.

Sept. 30

at Squalicum*

7 p.m.

Oct. 6

at Mount Baker*

7 p.m.

Oct. 8

Burlington-Edison*

7 p.m.

Oct. 10

at Reach the Peak (at Glacier Peak)

TBD

Oct. 13

Sedro-Woolley

7 p.m.

Oct. 15

at Blaine*

7 p.m.

Oct. 20

Sehome*

7 p.m.

Oct. 23

at Nooksack Valley*

5 p.m.

Oct. 26

Anacortes*

7 p.m.

*NWC game

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