Lady T-Birds defeat Centralia a second time; remain in second place in West
By Malaysiah Banuelos - Staff Reporter
The Highline women's volleyball team remains in second place after beating Centralia a second time in West Region Conference play.
Earlier in the season when the two teams played each other for the first time, Centralia traveled to the Thunderdome, where the T-Birds won, 3-0.
Last Wednesday on Oct. 23, Centralia had a chance to redeem themselves against the Thunderbirds, but the T-Birds claimed the victory, 3-1.
The first two sets were very strong wins for the Lady T-Birds.
The first set was 25-11 and the second set another win for Highline, 25-14.
"For the first two sets, we came in strong and aggressive, wanting to beat this team," set- ter Maddie Ma'afala said. "Our energy was really hyped and we were confident in ourselves. The first two sets we worked together to keep our adrenaline going."
The third set was a tight game for the T-Birds and resulted in a win for Centralia, 26-24.
"In the third set we got ahead of ourselves and let our mistakes define us... I honestly think it was our mental focus because we couldn't shake off our mistakes and play the next play," Ma'afala said.
In the fourth set, Highline came back and finished the game with a win, 25-13.
"Every game is good, even the losses," Taecia (Kukui) Akana said. "I am proud that we won so well in the first two sets, it made the cheers on the sideline full of energy. Even if the third set may not have been what we wanted, this game definitely reminded us of our potential. When we play hard and at our game, we are for sure a well-working and versatile team capable of going into NWACs with confidence."
Centralia College is now in fifth place in the Western Region standings and has a league record of 1-7 and an overall record of 8-28.
The Lady Thunderbirds have a league record of 6-1 and an overall record of 14-4.
The scores for last night's showdown between the T-Birds and the Green River Gators were unavailable at press time.
Highline plays next on Friday, Nov. 1 against Tacoma at home in the Thunderdome at 7 p.m.
Then on Wednesday, Nov. 6, the Lady T-Birds host the South Puget Sound Clippers at 7 p.m.