Volleyball splits the week, tied for second place
The Gator Women's Volleyball team opened the week on Wednesday with a victory in a five-set thriller with the Pierce College Raiders. The set scores were 19-25, 25-16, 22-25, 25-21, and 15-11.
The Gators and the Raiders went back and forth in the first three sets, making it a 2-1 Pierce advantage. The Gators fought back and made it even with a 25-21 victory in set four to force a fifth and deciding set. A tightly contested fifth set was eventually won by the Gators to win the set and match.
The Gators improved their league record to 4-1 and are in a three-team tie for first place with Tacoma and Clarke.
Faith Faamausili led the attack with 16 kills and just 5 attack errors. Rochelle Middlebrooks added 15 kills to the attack and Maelynn Lautalo added 11. Audra Koke led the setters with 29 assists and Carly Manning had 17. Dana Alderson led the defense with 23 digs.
On Friday, the Highline Thunderbirds visited the Swamp and handed the Gators just their second loss in league play. The set scores were 17-25, 25-16, 25-17, and 25-16.
The Gators came out to play in set one and dominated the set, taking a 1-0 lead in the match. Highline fought back and won the next three sets to earn a 3-1 victory over the Gators.
The Gators drop to 4-2 in league and are now in a tie for second place with Highline.
Rochelle Middlebrooks had 12 kills and Setter Audra Koke had 10 kills to add to the attack. Carly Manning led the setters with 20 assists and Audra Koke had 13 of her own. The Gators had a mere .091 hitting percentage in the match and as a team only had 47 digs.
The Gators travel to Clark on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. for a first place-versus-second place match up. Then on Friday they will travel to Bellevue College for the Bellevue Crossover Tournament.