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Eagles battle for victory over Chargers


Andrew Hines

Ashley Kolbeck returns the ball cross court for the Eagles at Arlington High School on April 27.

The Arlington girls tennis team welcomed the Marysville Getchell Chargers to their home courts on April 27.

Throughout the day, both teams battled back and forth with a handful of hard fought matchups. The Chargers dominated in doubles as they secured all three victories in order to gain an early 3-0 lead over the Eagles. In the singles, Arlington took control and matched the three victories from Marysville Getchell. It came down to the fourth single players from each team, as they were nearly forced to enter a third set to finalize the team scores. In the end, the Eagles came away with the 4-3 team victory over the Chargers.

"We did a good job of keeping the balls in play and being consistent with the skills that we have been working on in drills. The thing that is important is making sure that they understand the strategies and take the time perfect the basics," said Arlington Head Coach Jill Hatfield.

Arlington's Ashley Kolbeck, Margarita Muro and Ellie Kikuchi dominated early on and secured the first three victories. The first singles player, Kolbeck, went flawless against her competition as she earned two set scores of 6-0. Muro, second singles player on the roster, had a tough fight in the first set as she won 6-4, but then took over in the second set and closed out the win with a score of 6-2. Kikuchi took over throughout her match victory, as she only lost three games over two sets, with set scores of 6-1 and 6-2.

Andrew Hines

Chargers' Ashley Rounds moves toward the net as she returns the ball against the Eagles at Arlington High School on April 27.

"We've had matches every single day this week so it's good to see them compete and play really hard. This year I tried to make it a point to teach them to just always play hard and have a short memory when it comes to each match," said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Kathy Carroll.

Marysville Getchell's second and third ranked doubles teams came out and controlled their sets from beginning to end. The Chargers' second doubles team, Tristan Fetro and Autumn Perkins, played strong across both sets as they earned scores of 6-2 and 6-1. The third doubles team, Fatema Acevedo and Aresli Marmolejo, had a perfect first set with a score of 6-0 and then finished out their victory with a 6-2 second set.

The Eagles and the Chargers have played their last regular season matches for the year. If you want to support some of the players from these schools, you will have the chance on May 15-16, beginning at 1 p.m., during the 3A District Tournament.


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