Highline serves volleyballers well

By Aleyah Bennett - Staff Reporter

The Highline women's volleyball team is saying goodbye to five of its sophomores, several of whom are anticipating playing for four-year schools.

Lehua Keka, Kathleena Ly, Megn Van Marter, Pumehana Nedlic and Taylor Alicyben were all key members of the T-Birds team that took first place in league with a record of 12-2 and 30-5 overall. Each of them expressed appreciation for their time at Highline.

"My experience has been wonderful so far. I have gained so many skills and knowledge from the classes I have been taking and while working on campus," Ly said.

"It was a great experience. It was a great stepping stone to help me move on to the next part of my life," Alicuben said.

"Highline College was an experience for the books," Keka said. I met so many people that have brought great blessings to my life. I have also met many teachers who have pushed me and helped me achieve my goals."

Marter echoed those sentiments.

"I made a lot of close friends and met many awesome people," she said. "If I had to do it over again I wouldn't have changed anything. Coming to Highline I believe prepared me more for what I want to do in the future."

The future for Alicuben, Marter and Keka includes plans to play for four-year colleges.

Alicuben is headed for Hawaii Pacific University and in addition to roaming the courts will major in Physical Therapy.

"The assistant coach contacted me this past summer," she said.

Marter is getting her Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in American Sign Language and is awaiting possible offers for her volleyball skills.

"My coach received some emails from different coaches and some were able to watch me play at the NWAC tournament," Marter said.

Although Keka is awaiting offers, "I am planning to play for a four-year college.

"But if I do I am probably going to look on my own," she said.

"I am majoring in education. I plan on becoming a kindergarten teacher, then after a couple years, go off to own my own daycare," Keka said.

Ly is majoring in Social Work, but may change her major to Business Administration to broaden her career.

"Key things that I have learned from being on the volleyball team at Highline is that it is important to have a connection with your teammates off the court as well. Being able to get along and connect off the court allows for the team chemistry to grow," Ly said.

For Alicuben, the growing has included maturing.

"I learned that right now is a very important time in our lives. We're learning how to grow up and be adults" she said. "I learned to never slack off in the first couple weeks of college because unlike high school, you'll be trying to catch up the whole quarter.

"Highline will always be the place I started my life into adulthood. It's bittersweet to be leaving after this quarter to go back home to Hawaii," Alicuben said.

But one of the things the group will be taking with them will be the bonds forged with their teammates.

"One key thing I learned was that bonding and making close friendships is an essential part of not only the team experience, but it also helps contribute so much to the play," Marter said. "What I have learned from the volleyball team is working together is always going to be the goal. You can't do anything if no one is working together. I also learned that you are going to win some and lose some, but it's on you to get back up and fight to win," Keka said.

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