Off to a Hot Start
Highline is Ranked 3rd in the first NWAC Coaches Poll
Sept. 10 – The Women’s Volleyball is off to a scorching start, going 13-1 to start the season, taking 40 of 48 sets, and ripping off 11 consecutive wins. Freshman Aspen Olson, the lead leader in hitting percentage and blocks per set, was named Player of the Week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association and Madison Mamizuka, also a freshman, was named NWAC Setter of the Week.
The team has a little time off before traveling to Bellevue for a two day tournament starting Sept. 15. The next home match is Sept. 27 against Lower Columbia.
Brisies Lemafa with the kill against Edmond’s Brooke Sanford.
Chelsea Velez with the kill against Edmonds.
Halle Garrity on the attack in Highline’s 3-1 win against Edmonds.
Aspen Olson named American Volleyball Collage Association Player of the Week
From a NWAC news release (Sept 8):
Highline College volleyball player Aspen Olson was named the AVCA/GameChanger Two-Year College Player of the Week for her performances between Aug. 28-Sep.3. Below are Olson’s stats for the week as she helped lead Highline to a 6-0 week overall. She is the first winner from the NWAC since Bellevue’s Meg Perry won in 2021.
Olson led Highline to six wins last week by averaging 3.52 kills per set, 1.5 blocks per set, and hitting .400. In the sweep of Southwestern Oregon, she had 14 kills, eight blocks, and hit .650. One of a talented group of Thunderbird freshmen, Olson has helped the team open the season 9-1, and she is currently atop the NWAC in hitting percentage (.397) and blocks per set (1.56).
Madison Mamizuka named NWAC Setter Player of the Week
From a NWAC news release (Sept 6):
Madison Mamizuka, a freshman from Kahuka, HI, helped lead the Thunderbirds to a perfect 6-0 week, posting at least 30 assists in all six matches. She averaged 12.78 assists per set for the week with 230 total. Defensively, she also had 53 digs and 11 block assists, adding seven service aces.