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Prep volleyball preview: 5 players to watch

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.
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. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

KARA BAJEMA

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Senior

Position: Outside hitter

Outlook: There’s a reason she’s a future University of Washington player. She has the most powerful strike in the league and is one of the best players coach Kim Grycel has ever worked with. She has the talent to lead the Lyncs to a second straight state title.

KATRINA DANK

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: Middle blocker

Outlook: Dank showed a lot of improvement throughout last year as a middle blocker. Her footwork and positioning continued to grow, and now that she steps into a lead role, the Mariners will be looking for more of the same.

SUMMER DOUGLAS

School: Bellingham

Year: Senior

Position: Rightside

Outlook: With 175 kills, 54 aces and 226 digs last season, Douglas was easily an All-Northwest Conference first-teamer. Now the team is hers — there’s no more Anna Zeegers and Olivia Bjorklund to take the spotlight — but Douglas should live up to the challenge.

EMILY GREER

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: Outside hitter

Outlook: She’s not the biggest outside hitter you’ll ever see and she’s not the most powerful compared to the hitters that have come through Sehome in the past decade, but Greer is smart and crafty. She’ll be one of the top hitters in the league.

WHITNEY WALKER

School: Ferndale

Year: Junior

Position: Outside hitter

Outlook: Whitney Walker is now in her third season on the varsity squad and coming off a superb year last season, where she became the Golden Eagles’ top outside hitter. She’ll be back again this season with what seems to be an even better Ferndale squad.

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