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Arlington spikers rally to defeat Ferndale

 

Andrew Hines

Emily Peterson, Eagles' senior setter, puts the ball up for a big play from the outside hitters at Arlington High School on Nov. 3.

The Arlington girls volleyball team welcomed the Ferndale Golden Eagles to their home court, on Nov. 3, to compete in the semifinals of the District One 3A Volleyball Tournament.

The Eagles got off to a slow start as they didn't exhibit the incredible chemistry that they had shown all season. Ferndale won out the first set with a commanding score of 25-15. However, with a break in play before the next set, Arlington gathered together and ignited themselves moving forward. A different team stepped onto the court for the next three sets as the Eagles dominated the Golden Eagles with scores of 25-16, 25-13 and 25-17. In the end Arlington moved forward with a score of 3-1 over Ferndale.

"We had a little moment where we talked about what happened against Lynnwood and how we didn't want it to happen again. We are capable of doing great things, we have to stay in it, and we are fighting for something. This was to clinch an opportunity to go to State so they got fired up and lit up after we talked going into the second set," said Arlington Head Coach Whitney Williams.

A huge spark to the Arlington offense came in the form of senior hitters, Jessica Baker and Morgan VanLaar. Throughout all four sets, the duo dominated the outside as they looked to score every time they had a chance. Ally Peterson, senior setter, contributed heavily in the production of the two hitters as she placed the ball perfectly for them to capitalize.

On the other side Rylie Rasar, Arlington's senior middle blocker, imposed an intimidating presence and scored multiple times through blocks. Leading the defense for the Eagles, Rasar was pivotal in shutting down the Golden Eagles in the last three sets.

"This is huge. This is the most successful the team has ever been. I don't think Arlington has ever clinched a District Championship, so that's our next goal. But, the program hasn't gone to State in twenty years so that's a huge deal. The last three years we have been pretty successful and you can tell with the crowd, the whole community is really behind this team," said Coach Williams.

On Saturday, Nov. 5, Arlington beat out Squalicum for the District One 3A Championship. The Eagles will be starting their play in the State Tournament against Bellevue at the Toyota Center, Kennewick. The match is scheduled to be played on court two on Nov. 11, at 1:30 p.m.

 

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