High School Sports

Lynden Christian’s Rusnak excelling on volleyball court

Lynden Christian volleyball junior Hannah Rusnak has been having a strong season for the Lyncs.
Lynden Christian volleyball junior Hannah Rusnak has been having a strong season for the Lyncs.

Lynden Christian prep volleyball junior Hannah Rusnak clearly has taken a step forward this season.

She recorded eight kills and nine digs in the Lyncs 3-0 win over Ferndale, showing she’s developed as one of the best hitters in the conference on several occasions.

The track and field star’s athleticism has taken to the volleyball courts quite well, LC coach Kim Grycel said after Tuesday’s game.

“She’s really been able to fine tune her speed and quickness and get up in the air,” Grycel noted. “She’s just really become the complete package in the back row and the front row.”

Lynden sophomore Smith making waves on the pitch

Lynden girls’ soccer sophomore forward Sierra Smith has already tallied nine goals and seven assists in just seven games this season. It’s very similar to what Lions boys’ soccer player Nic Parris was able to do last spring — be a sophomore breakout star.

The success of Smith may be a shock to many in the league and Lynden coach Carlos Melendez is glad it worked out that way.

“I kept that one quiet,” Melendez said in a phone interview last Saturday. “As a freshman, she started every game. ... But she came in this year and was dominant ... in every drill we did.”

The Lions can certainly credit her for much of the success they’ve had this season, as they sit at 5-1-1 through Tuesday’s contests.

LC volleyball sits at No. 3 after first two weeks

In the most recent volleyball rankings sent out by Lynden Christian coach and assistant athletic director Kim Grycel on Sept. 21, two Whatcom County teams got the nod to make the top 10.

At No. 3 in the Class 1A rankings, the defending state champ Lyncs were ranked No. 3 behind Kalama and Cedar Park Christian. The Lyncs are 3-1, their only loss coming to Cascade.

In the Class 2A rankings, state semifinalist Sehome was ranked No. 6. The Mariners are 4-0 to open the season, including a big 3-0 win over No. 2-ranked Burlington-Edison the day after the rankings were released.

No Class 3A rankings were given.