The undefeated Arlington volleyball team took on the Meadowdale Mavericks in their final home match of the regular season.
The Eagles came out in control as they opened the first set on a 14-5 run before the Mavericks were forced to take their first timeout. Following the break, Arlington continued to dominate with an 8-3 run putting them up 22-8. Over the final few rallies the Mavericks managed to fight back but were too far behind as they dropped the first set 25-14.
In the second set, Meadowdale came out as a different team and found themselves tied at 8-8 early on. The Eagles began to find their groove and pulled ahead on a 6-1 run that set the score at 14-9. After a few miscues on Arlington’s side, the Mavericks began to battle back once again and went on an 8-6 run. With a tight score, the Eagles locked in and put away the set on a score of 25-20.
The Mavericks looked to be the team in control in the third set as they opened on a 2-0 run and later forced the Eagles to take a timeout down 10-7. Meadowdale continued to hold the lead over the next few runs as they sat at 18-16 moments later. Arlington refused to let go of the set as they found their stride, secured the lead at 20-19 and pushed the Mavericks into a timeout. Both teams played at a high level through the rest of the set, but the Eagles came out on top by a score of 28-26.
Arlington took the victory with a score of 3-0. They finished the regular season only losing four sets and achieved an undefeated 14-0 record.
“We’re going to see a lot of great teams as we head into Districts so it’s good to see us being able to stay in it and execute. We set out to be undefeated, and as the year got underway, we thought it could be possible so it’s huge to achieve that and earn that first seed for the District Tournament,” said Arlington Head Coach Whitney Williams.
Arlington has a deep rotation in their front line as they had huge performances from Arianna Bilby, Emily Mekelburg, Julia Parra and Teagan Sutherland. Bilby, senior outside hitter, had a game-high 15 kills and 15 digs. Mekelburg, sophomore outside hitter, had 11 kills of her own and tied for the team-high in aces with two. Parra, senior middle blocker, forced the Mavericks to alter a lot of shots and put up 13 kills on the stat sheet. Sutherland, junior middle blocker, only had four kills on the match but led the team with two blocks.
Taylor Pederson, sophomore setter, was huge in orchestrating the Eagles' offensive as she had a game-high 35 assists as well as two aces.
“At this point it’s all about preventing burnout and refining the little things as we head into next week. It’ll be mellow during practice and when it’s game time we’ll turn it on,” said Coach Williams.
If you want to come out and support the Eagles, they will be competing in the 3A District Tournament held at Marysville-Pilchuck High School through Saturday, Nov. 16.