Lady T-Birds continue hot streak
By Seattle Valdivia - Staff Reporter
The Lady T-Birds volleyball team will enter the NWAC women volleyball playoffs next week as a No. 2 seed from the West Region.
They secured the spot by beating Lower Columbia and Grays Harbor in their last two games.
The T-Birds are on a six-game winning streak.
Highline is going to play against the third seed in the North Region in the playoffs against Bellevue Bulldogs.
Winning against Lower Columbia 3-0 and Grays Harbor 3-2, there is no longer hope to the T-Birds to finish in first place in the West Region standings due to Pierce perfect record of 13-0.
Highline played against Lower Columbia last Wednesday in the Thunderdome, for second place in the West Region standings, where the T-Birds beat the Red Devils.
In all the sets the teams were back and forth from the very be- ginning.
In the first set, the game reached up to 25 points, where the T-Birds took the lead, beating them 27-25.
In the second set Highline found a way to score the last two points sending the Red Devils to the bench for another set. The set ended with a win for the T-Birds, 25-23. In the third set Highline beat Lower Columbia by four points, sending the Red Devils home with a loss.
"We played the way we were capable off," Head Coach Chris Littleman said.
The Lady T-Birds played against Grays Harbor Chokers last Friday on the Thunderdome, beating them 3-2.
In the first set Highline took the lead beating the Chokers, 25- 16. In the second set the T-Birds were up for seven points but the Chokers found a way to almost tie Highline 23-22, but thanks to a double kill made by Alicia Nguyen the T-Birds took the win, ending 25-22.
In the third set the Chokers dominated Highline, scoring 25 points over the T-Birds ending, 25-21.
In the fourth set the Chokers were up by seven points but High- line found a way to tie them in the last points. However, a kill from Grays Harbor player Teila Kapihe ended the set, 26-24.
That led the game into a fifth set where the teams were back and forth and after Grays Harbor asked for a time out, the Lady
T-Birds went strong, scoring five straight points winning over the Chokers 15-11.
"It was a good all-around team effort to beat a team battling for the final spot at NWAC," Little- man said.
Lady T-Bird Mahie Kaawa was named the Under Armour volley- ball athlete of the week.
In eight sets, last week, Kaawa turned in 76 digs (9.5 digs per set), a 2.70 serve-receive average, 32 attempts and 6 aces on 24 serves. Her 5.54 digs per set average on the season is the second in the league. She is also 15th in total digs with 338, according to the NWAC website.
"Mahie has switched to her natural position of libero this year," Littleman said on the NWAC website. "Her passing and digging helped propel Highline to 2-0 on the week."
Also, two of the Lady T-Birds become regional players of the week. Adrienne Haggerty on offensive and Mahie Kaawa on defensive in the West Region.
The last regular game on the T-Birds schedule was yesterday at Pierce, where the T-Birds faced off against the Raiders. Details were not available at press time.
"We are ready to play," Little- man said about the game against Pierce. "Both teams are locked in the position in the region."