LBCC Volleyball – Beaks Eye Three-peat with Win Over Highline, Advancing to NWAC Championship

Photo credit: Sarah Rose Larson

LAKEWOOD, Wash.- Linn-Benton volleyball defeated Highline College in the NWAC Conference Semi-Final on Saturday, Nov. 18. They will now advance to the championship game, where they hope to record their third-straight NWAC title.

LBCC is now a perfect 35-0 heading into the NWAC championship game. Highline College moved to 30-5 on the season and will now compete for third place. 

The Roadrunners prevailed in a tough five-set battle, winning the match 3-2. Despite Linn-Benton’s hot start, Highline would take the first set 26-24. In sets two and three, LBCC found their footing and won them back-to-back, with scores of 25-16 and 25-20, respectively. Highline took set four 25-21 to set up a back and forth set five in which Linn-Benton secured their victory, winning 15-10. 

Linn-Benton’s defense held strong throughout the match as the team acquired 18 total blocks and 74 digs, but it was the Beaks’ relentless offense that made the difference. Four players collected double-digit kills, led by freshman Maddy Hellem, who recorded 13 of her own.

Linn-Benton volleyball will now move on and look to cap off their undefeated run in the NWAC Championship against the 32-1 North Idaho Cardinals on Sunday, Nov. 19. The match is set to start at 3 p.m. at Pierce College in Lakewood, Washington.