Eagles defeat Chargers to finish regular season with a 13-0 record
The Marysville Getchell volleyball team hosted their final home match of the season as they battled with the undefeated Arlington Eagles on Oct. 30.
The Eagles came out strong to start the first set as they opened on 7-1 run before the Chargers called their first timeout. After the break, Arlington continued to control the match with another 8-4 run as Marysville Getchell called their second timeout. The Eagles continued to dominate for the rest of the set, taking it by a score of 25-9.
The second set was more of the same as Arlington rolled through Marysville Getchell, creating a 16-5 lead before the Chargers called a timeout. The Chargers battled back late in the set but couldn’t make it competitive as the Eagles took the 2-0 set led with a score of 25-15.
Marysville Getchell came out as a different team in the third set as they established an early 5-1 lead, forcing Arlington to call a timeout. Following the break, the Eagles began to battle back as they went on a 5-1 run of their own, tying it up at 6-6. The rest of the set was back and forth as the Chargers held another lead late by a score of 18-16. However, Arlington found their groove late and outscored Marysville Getchell 9-3 to take the victory, 25-21. The Eagles took the match win with a set score of 3-0 and remain undefeated with a 13-0 record.
“This has been a tough mental season for us, but it was good to see them come out and compete against a really good Arlington team. They don’t give up and we always fight for every ball when we’re out there. The goal right now is to come out in our last match and end it on a high note,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Kristina Klinginsmith.
The Chargers were led on their frontline by Courtney Taylor, Kelsey Kolling and Whitney Harwood. Taylor, senior outside hitter, led the team in kills with four as well as adding on three digs. Outside hitters Kolling, senior, and Harwood, junior, combined for five kills and nine digs.
Marysville Getchell’s seniors Hannah Holscher and Peyton Schmidt extended rallies with their defense. They both tied for the team-high in digs with six and each of them also had a kill to add to their stat sheet.
“It’s been an incredible season for us, and a big part of that is because we never look past anyone that we come up against. The girls have worked so hard and at this point we’re just trying to polish up some parts of our game as we head into postseason,” said Arlington Head Coach Whitney Williams.
Arlington’s seniors Arianna Bilby and Julia Parra played huge roles above the net. Bilby, senior outside hitter, had match-highs in kills, 13, and digs, 10, as well as adding on two aces. Parra, senior middle blocker, altered a lot of shots with her height and added on four kills.
The Eagles sophomore outside hitters Emily Mekelburg and Malia Shepherd also stepped up to fill the stat sheet. Mekelburg had the match-high in aces, four, along with eight kills and five digs. Shepherd had five kills of her own, two aces and two digs.
Marysville Getchell’s season is over as they did not make it into the postseason. If you want to cheer on Arlington, they will be playing in the 3A Wesco District Tournament that is held at Marysville-Pilchuck High School from Nov. 7-16.