The 2A playoff picture is still very much in the air, with Bellingham, Squalicum, Lynden and Anacortes all vying for those final two spots. With a few weeks left in the regular season, here are The Herald’s volleyball power rankings.
1. Lynden Christian (16-0, Northwest Conference 8-0): The Lyncs have only lost one set in Northwest Conference play, and that was to Ferndale on Sept. 23. Somehow this team fell one spot in the 1A state polls, too, from No. 2 to No. 3. Apparently sweeping the defending 2A champs is a bad thing.
2. Sehome (10-0, 8-0): That matchup with Lynden Christian on Tuesday, Oct. 21 is the one everybody has been waiting for. The Mariners have homecourt, though. Expect it to go five.
3. Burlington-Edison (5-4, 5-2): Nothing has been easy this year for the Tigers, but a tough 3-2 win over Ferndale on Tuesday shows their ability to win marathon matches. Make no mistake, come playoffs this team will contend with Sehome in the 2As.
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4. Ferndale (6-3, 4-3): The Golden Eagles three losses this year? To Lynden Christian 3-1, Sehome 3-2 and Burlington-Edison 3-2. This team is good, and tested, both bode well for a strong playoff push.
5. Lynden (5-4, 5-2): The Lions grinded out a tough 3-2 win over Anacortes Tuesday night, inching them closer to one of the final two 2A playoff spots. This Lynden squad has now won four straight, and have another strong test against Bellingam Thursday that can further its playoff positioning.
6. Anacortes (6-3, 4-3): The Seahawks hold the tiebreaker over Bellingham for the final 2A spot. With that said, the Seahawks end the season against Sehome and Lynden Christian. Not an easy road.
7. Bellingham (6-4, 4-4): The Red Raiders boast a strong pair of hitters in Summer Douglas and Olivia Bjorklund. Neither want to see another season end with them one game shy of the playoffs. Right now, they need to make something happen.
8. Squalicum (3-5, 3-3): The Storm look to be on the outside looking in right now, and they face Burlington-Edison, Ferndale, Lynden and Sehome over their final six games. Rough, simply rough.
9. Mount Baker (3-6, 3-4): The Mountaineers vaulted Blaine after defeating the Borderites 3-2 on Thursday, Oct. 9. How would they follow that up? With a five-set win over Nooksack Valley. Mount Baker is beginning to piece things together and become a legitimate 1A playoff contender.
10. Blaine (4-5, 2-5): The Borderites have now lost three straight, with matchups against Lynden Christian and Anacortes looming. Blaine has been much better than last year, but wins are going to be hard to come by in the latter part of the year.
11. Nooksack Valley (1-9, 1-7): Katie Emmons’ team took Mount Baker to the brink, but just weren’t able to pull off the win. That’s been the story thus far for Nooksack: Close but not quite, losing three matches this season in five sets.
12. Meridian (0-9, 0-7): Matchups against Mount Baker and Sedro-Woolley to end the year offer the Trojans a chance to walk away with a win or two.
13. Sedro-Woolley (0-9, 0-7): The Cubs are 0-27 this season when looking at set win-loss totals.