HIGHLINE COLLEGE |Wed, Feb 26, 2020

Volleyball concludes regular season with a pair of wins

By Malaysiah Banuelos - Staff Reporter

Highline women's volleyball team ended their season off with two wins and are now preparing for the NWAC Championship tournament.

On Nov. 11, Highline traveled to play Lower Columbia for the second time this season.

"Playing Lower Columbia, one thing that worried me was the long drive. We drove three hours to play this school. When we arrived, surprisingly we were still in good spirits and had lots of energy and we were pumped to play," said middle blocker Kahea O Nalani Lee

Highline won the game, 3-1.

In the first set, Highline lost to Lower Columbia, 21-25.

"The first set had some rough patches and the passing communication wasn't great, but we were able to side out. After getting over that hump, there was more communication and the energy was more positive," said Taecia (Kukui) Akana. "We were able to side out quicker and adjust quick to the game."

The next set, Highline picked up their fight and won the second set, 25-19.

"While we were playing we kept supporting each other through the good and even the bad, I believe that the games we support each other in every point, we tend to do better as a team, and that is how we won the second set," said Lee

In the third set, the T-Birds won again, 25-21.

"Physically playing them I felt that we had them beat in that category of skill and athleticism but volleyball is really about our mental strength and how bad we really want the win," said middle blocker Lee.

In the fourth set, the T-Birds closed out the match, 25-21.

"Coach says that the team that can side out quicker wins more games," said Taecia (Kukui) Akana.

Lower Columbia's overall record is now 24-13, and their league record is 8-4. Lower Columbia is in third place right behind the T-Birds and has also earned a spot into the playoffs.

Highline sophomore night had been moved to Nov. 15. where the T-Birds won in four sets against South Puget Sound College in the Thunderdome.

The T-Birds also celebrated their five sophomores, Alicia Nguyen, April Talaiga, Taecia Akana, Kiani Troy, and Misiona Ribeiro. As freshman, these five sophomores finished in second place last year in the NWAC championships.

The T-Birds are now preparing for the NWAC Championship tournament on Nov. 21 through Nov. 24 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center in Tacoma.


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