1. Lynden Christian (previous rank: 1): Kara Bajema and the Lyncs fended off two tough opponents last week but fellow undefeated Burlington-Edison is on the slate next week.
2. Burlington-Edison (previous rank: 2): The Tigers have dropped only one set this season and can get the inside track to the Northwest Conference title with a win over the Lyncs Tuesday.
3. Ferndale (previous rank: 4): Sweeping the defending NWC champs is no small feat and the Golden Eagles looked mighty strong doing it. This is what they want to look like come postseason.
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4. Sehome (previous rank: 3): Something has to change for the Mariners. They had no offense in the loss to Ferndale, their second time being swept in a week’s time.
5. Lynden (previous rank: 5): Julie Clift’s squad has been extremely competitive with the best in the conference, but they have to be wary of slipping up — they went to five sets against Sedro-Woolley.
6. Anacortes (previous rank: 6): As the team right in the middle, the Seahawks seem to beat the teams they should and lose to the teams that are just a little bit better.
7. Squalicum (previous rank: 7): The Storm sits fourth in the NWC standings and second among Class 2A teams. That leaves Squalicum in great position to qualify for the postseason.
8. Bellingham (previous rank: 8): Losing to Squalicum may come back to bite the Red Raiders, but this is a scrappy team who has eyes on more than just making districts.
9. Nooksack Valley (previous rank: 11): A sweep against the only 1A opponent the Pioneers have played so far bodes well for Katie Emmons’ athletic bunch.
10. Meridian (previous rank: 9): At 3-2, the Trojans aren’t in a bad place, but the next seven games are against higher classifications. That’s a tough road for Shannon Claeys and her team.
11. Blaine (previous rank: 10): A very winnable game against Meridian slipped away so winning the next two (Bellingham and Mount Baker) are essential for this team’s playoff hopes.
12. Sedro-Woolley (previous rank: 12): The Cubs could be better than the record suggests. They almost topped Lynden in a five-setter. The next three games should test this team’s mettle.
13. Mount Baker (previous rank: 13): The Mountaineers have yet to win a set, getting swept in all five matches so far. Two NWC powerhouses are up next. The road can only get easier after that.