Women's volleyball has playoff chance

By Bryce Fecarotta - Staff Reporter

Highline women's volleyball team is maneuvering its way towards the post-season.

With a month left in the regular season, the Thunderbirds are in position to roll past the remainder of their schedule. They have a better record than all but three of their remaining nine opponents.

After their three-game win streak was rained on by Grays Harbor, the Thunderbirds slipped a little further in their next game against Pierce.

The win was a must if Highline wanted move atop the division, but they did not manage to shock the Pierce Raiders.

It was a hard fight through three sets, but Highline fell short 14-25, 24-26, 18-25. The T-Birds outperformed Pierce in the second set with a .175 hit percentage over Pierce's .143, but Pierce ended up delivering when it mattered and won 26-24.

Mahie Kaawa, who was deemed last week's Setter of the Week by the NWAC, tried her best to provide scoring opportunities for her team. She ended up with 31 assists for the match.

Grays Harbor's three-game win streak, paired with Highline's on-and-off struggles has allowed the Chokers to take over third place. Since only the top four in the West division make it into playoffs, T-Birds are on the bubble for the playoffs at fourth place.

Highline's opportunity to rebound and possibly to gain separation in the divisional race started Oct. 13 against Green River.

The T-Birds beat their division rival in a decisive three sets, 25-15, 25-23, 25-17.

Zoe Gaines led the offense this game, as well as Adrienne Haggerty. Gaines had 12 kills at .320 percent and Haggerty had eight kills at .667 percent.

Their next divisional matchup is a rematch and a chance for revenge against South Puget Sound, which they lost to 3-1 nearly a month ago.

The Thunderbirds have more for them in the future. On Oct. 21, Highline will travel to Big Bend for a three-game Saturday tournament.

It offers a chance to practice against cross-conference opponents that they may see again in the postseason.

After the tournament, the T-Birds get a chance to derail a Centralia team that is playing with a new energy.

Centralia is pushing hard with its four-game winning streak to displace Highline, but the Thunderbirds have the edge and the tie-breaker since they beat the Trailblazers earlier in the season.

Highline doesn't have another home game until Oct. 27 against Tacoma.

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An alert Highline staff member and local public safety officers helped stop a potential suicide on campus last week. While a staff member was working, he noticed a suspicious male wandering the East Lot around 6:25 a.m. May 25. The staff worker called Highline Public Safety who responded to find the individual running around with a rope in his hands, looking for a place to possibly hang himself. This prompted Public Safety to contact Des Moines Police and South King County Fire and Rescue. By the time first responders came to the scene, the distraught man climbed into a tree near Building 99, ready to use the rope on himself. First responders talked to the man, successfully convincing him to come down from the tree. After the turmoil settled the individual was transported to a nearby hospital for an evaluation. Sgt. George Curtis of Public Safety said this was the first time he has encountered someone attempting to endanger their own life on campus.

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Public Safety said the actions of the staff member who reported the incident is an excellent example of how “see something, say something” could potentially save a life. A staff member was reported to have passed out in Building 4 at 8:10 a.m. The person was sitting in their chair when they lost consciousness, then fell out, hitting their head on the ground. Public Safety arrived but the staff member refused any medical treatment.

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A suspicious car was spotted on campus at 1:35 a.m. on May 28 by a Public Safety officer. The car was occupied by two students and parked between buildings 29 and 22. The two students had gone to Jack in the Box and decided to eat the fast food on campus. They were told by the officer to leave because campus was closed.

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Allies of the LGBTQIA community along with faculty and staff will be hosting a Safe Zones training program, next month. Safe Zones is a program identifying individuals in the school community who are safe and supportive allies of LGTBQIA students and faculty. The Safe Zones training is put on by Highline’s Multicultural Affairs organization. The program is about learning more about the queer community and to build skills to use on the Highline campus and out in other communities. The LGBTQIA Taskforce has been working on creating a basic curriculum for the Safe Zones training that not only provides information that may seem basic or simple. Anyone is welcome to the Safe Zones training. The training will be June 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Writing Center, Building 26 room 319i.

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The annual vote for Highline’s Outstanding Faculty Awards has been extended June 5. The Highline College Foundation provides two $1,500 awards to be presented to Highline College’s Outstanding Faculty of the Year. Nominations can be made by any student, staff member, faculty member or administrator of Highline. A person may make only one nomination for each award. Further detainominations need to consist of written statements from both the nominator and then a second reference that gives specific emphasis to the nominee’s contribution to education at Highline. Nominations need to be submitted to the Selection Committee in the Office of Instruction, Mailstop 9-2, by 5 p.m. on June 5.

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