Volleyball hopes to improve playoff seed


Blaine girls varsity volleyball lost a tough game 3–1 against Nooksack Valley on October 22. After the loss, Blaine’s record is 3–7 in conference games.

Nooksack Valley (6-4, and 5–4 in conference games) won the first two sets 26–24 and 25–22. Blaine won the second 25–17 and Nooksack won the final set 25–13.

The first two sets could have gone either way. The Borderites had the lead at times in both sets. Though Blaine dominated the third, they couldn’t recover from close losses in the first two, said head coach Jacquie Smith.

“When the first two games are close and you don’t win, it’s hard mentally to come back,” she said.

Setter Kylah Wilskey found outside hitter Mia Scheepens again and again. Scheepens had 20 kills. “I think Kylah finding her when needed was really critical,” Smith said.

Blaine has just three regular season games left. The Borderites will play a first-round playoff game on November 5, but winning a couple of the remaining games would give them a much better seed, Smith said.

Next, Blaine travels to Sedro-Woolley (3–8) to play at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 24. Blaine’s last home game, and senior night, is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, against Burlington-Edison (10–1).


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