Women's volleyball ready for playoffs

By Bryce Fecarotta - Staff Reporter

The Highline women's volleyball team got to taste a drop of the postseason after a deep run in the Big Bend tournament. 

Two days before the big tournament, they had a conference game against the South Puget Sound Clippers, who beat them a month ago 3-1. 

The Thunderbirds exacted their revenge on the Clippers this time, beating them soundly in three sets 25-18, 25-19, 25-19.  

Head Coach Chris Littleman said the apparent improvement against a tough foe puts the T-Birds in a good position going into the playoffs. 

"If we keep improving as we have been the past month, we can make a strong run at the NWACCs," Littleman said. 

That improvement showed at the Big Bend tournament. 

The T-Birds were placed in the East Region Crossover Tournament, on the opposite side of the bracket from the No. 1 North Idaho Cardinals. 

Highline stormed through its side of the bracket, beating five teams while only losing a total of two sets along the way to the championship game. 

Waiting for them in the championship were the North Idaho Cardinals. Riding their own seven game win-streak, the T-Birds had an opportunity to be the giant-killers and ruin North Idaho's 17-game win-streak. 

Unfortunately, North Idaho had other ideas, besting Highline in three sets 25-22, 25-19, 25-18. 

While the tournament ending loss wasn't the desired result, their deep run proved the young Highline volleyball team is competitive.

"The team is starting to play to their potential with all players contributing in their various roles" Littleman said.  

Mahie Kaawa and Adrienne Haggerty were two specific standouts in the tournament, and they made the all-tournament team for the East Region Crossover. 

October has been a great month thus far for Highline, with the team boasting an 8-3 record since the start of the month. 

The Thunderbirds will have the opportunity to continue their Fall success in their next two games against the 21-10 Centralia Trailblazers and the 1-27 Tacoma Titans. They have beaten Centralia twice and Tacoma once this season already. 

Results of the game against the Centralia Trailblazers on Oct. 25 were not available at press release time. 

The Thunderbird's next home game is at 7 p.m. against the Tacoma Titans on Oct. 27. After that, they kick off November by travelling to Longview on Nov. 1 to play Lower Columbia in a brawl for the second place spot in the division. 

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