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Volleyball starts second half strong with two league wins

Green River volleyball has long held a strong tradition of excellence in the South Sound region since the rogram's incetion in 1978.Green River volleyball has long held a strong tradition of excellence in the South Sound region since the program"s inception in 1978.

The Gators started off the second half of league play by traveling south to Longview, Wash., to take on Lower Columbia. The Gators topped the Red Devils on their home court in a five-set thriller, 3-2. The set scores were: 25-13, 25-27, 25-19, 19-25, and 15-7.

After winning the first set handily, the Gators and Red Devils traded the next four sets and the Gators took care of business in the fifth and deciding set.

Rochelle Middlebrooks had a career-high 22 kills and had a hitting percentage of .340; the freshman middle added 3 block assists as well. Audra Koke and Carly Manning would combine to have 51 set assists: Koke with 31, and Manning with 20. Dana Alderson led the defense with 19 digs and Maelynn Lautalo was not far behind with 15 digs and 13 kills.

On Friday, the Gators hosted last-place Grays Harbor at the Swamp. The Gators won in straight sets by the scores of 25-14, 25-16, and 25-19. The win improved the Gators' league record to 6-3 and puts them into a tie with Highline for third place.

Rochelle Middlebrooks stayed hot as she led the offensive attack with 16 kills and a .444 hitting percentage. Audra Koke had another 31 assists, making it 62 on the week. Dana Alderson and Maelynn Lautalo led the defense again, Alderson with 11 digs, Lautalo with 10.

The Gators will travel to Tacoma on Wednesday to take on the first-place Titans at 7 p.m. The Gators defeated Tacoma the last time they met, 3-2. They will travel to Centralia on Friday to take on the 1-8 Trailblazers.