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October 13, 2009 The Jibsheet > SPORTS 11 Gameday Grievances Green: Seattle's color Eric Flatness SPORTS EDITOR Much has been made of the new fashion statement the Seattle Seahawks made a few weeks ago by. coming out of the tunnel with bright lime green jerseys. Unlike the success or failure of the actual team, the jerseys have brought the team some actual notoriety on the national scale. The most interesting facet is that opinions seem to be split roughly down the middle, with half the sports world entirely fascinated by them and the other half prepared to gouge out their own eye- balls, just to prevent any moredamage to their retinas. Believe it or not, I am among the former. Over the years, green has become sort of an official color of the "Emerald City" and its sports teams. Originally, the only team that really used the colors to high effect was the Sonics, whose mix of green and yellow was fitting for the time but bland by today standards. The Seahawks used it, but only as a highlight in their original jerseys, and it stayed that way for nearly their entire existence. In the 1990's however, the Seattle Mariners broke out some teal green, and the team went on to their first playoff appearance ever. One could say this was the gtart of the green revolution. When the Seahawks debuted their new look in 2002, it was made up of mostly blue, with only a bright green stripe along the sides and an eye on the helmet. It didn't take long for that green to become a focal point, as the team store began to stock jerseys not unlike the ones the Hawks trotted out on the field against the Chicago Bears. The real push came when the Seahawks acquired Deion Branch from the New England Patriots in 2006. In one of his first games, he took the field with bright green, gloves that matched his jersey's accent. Next, former Seahawks linebacker Julian Peterson debuted green shoes, which proceeded to spread to about half the team. The green really hit the fan just last year with the debut of the Seattle Sound- ers FC on the world stage of soccer, and their rollout of the greenest jerseys you've ever seen. The team has launched to enormous popularity both in Seattle and in Major League Soccer. They have all has but clinched a playoff appearance in their first year (not to mention winning the US Open cup). Would the Seahawks be ex- perimenting with the green jerseys without that success? That could be called doubtful. To the haters, this is hardly the worst thing to happen to jerseys since the old TampaBay Buc- caneers puke orange. It's not even close to the yellow Oregon Ducks jerseys (or most anything else the Ducks have put on the field). Does anyone who watches the National Basketball Association (NBA) even have a right to call these jerseys ugly? Not at all. Maybe my eyes have just adjusted to the Sounders jerseys, but I actually like the new alternate Seahawks uniforms. I don't want them to wear these every week, but I can be pretty sure my next jersey purchase will be a green Burleson and not a black Smith. Sure, they aren't perfect. I'd rather have the numbers on the jerseys be blue, and it could use a blue stripe along the seams, but I can almost guaran- tee that if the Seahawks continue to wear these, you'll start seeing them across the country. Womens volley[0000all sweeps Rangers in three sets Kim Petrie ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR As most Bellevue College students were bringing the school week to a close and preparing for the long weekend ahead, the Bulldog volleyball team was warming up for their second home game of the week. The game held on Friday October 2 placed Bellevue up against the Olympic College Rangers for an intense volleyball soon to come. The Ranger's palpable surrender of all hope spilled over into every subsequent play until the final moments. All lines of communication match where Bellevue swept all three sets. The first set started out on a fairly even keel. Olympic's impressive double block formation prevented BC's Savannah Feist from her first spike attempt. However, once Feist got started there was no stopping her. She quickly racked up two kills, one assist, and an additional point /ia a tip over the net. Bellevue did the brunt of the scoring, but Olympic held strong defensively with several tightly organized blocks throughout most of the set. Coming up on the goal of 25 points, BC's Veronica Wetzel brought the first set to a close with a swift tip over the net, resulting in a 25-11 score. After a brief mental reboot, six of BC's best players took the court for the second set opening play. Four points were placed on the Bellevue scoreboard before Olympic could claim any of their own. BC took another multi-point run shortly after, scoring eight consecutive points comprised of offensive kills, and poor judgment calls by the Rangers. A well placed hit by BC's Danielle Rehm 0000!i!iiiiili ii !i ii! !iiiii00i00iiiiiiii00!i00iiiiiill iiiii ii00iiii!iiiiiiiiiii!ii00iii! i -- Photo by Becca Feuch t |enessa Reid (11 goes for the spike against tim Rangers bordered on out of bounds, fooling the Olympic defense into letting it drop. Halfway through the set, Olympic began to show signs of their defensive break down, starting with another tip over the net without a single Ranger attempting to save it. From that point on it was apparent the Bulldogs had picked up on their opponent's weaknesses and were set on using those to their greatest advantage. Feist expertly faked out the Olympic defense once again, setting up for a spike while following through with a short range tip. This placed BC just a few points shy of winning the second set. Accurately reading the back row weakness, Wetzel's deep spike brought in another point, while Olympic's shot into the net closed set two with Bellevue leading 25-12. Set three's opening serve left literally half of the Olympic team floundering on the floor, foreshadowing the somber defeat appeared to be severed, as the team could not seem to hold it together. BC remained strong throughout, and continued to aim all serves and spikes to the back row and outer edges, rapidly accumulating point after unreturned point. The Bulldogs' twenty-fifth point approached almost in an instant. With three winning sets in tow, the Bulldogs came out victorious. Post-game, Freshman Lisa Schouten provided insight to BC's secrets to success. "We gave 110% tonight and really worked on talking to each other. Our skills are up there, but we needed to talk more." Even given the effective communication demonstrated throughout the game, Schouten says it's still something they are planning to improve. Their next opportunity will be Wednesday, October 7 against Skagit Valley who boasts an even League record with Bellevue, standing 2-1. 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