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Arlington Eagle Brookelynn Ramey sets as Cassie Whitaker prepares to hit the ball during a March 25 girls volleyball match against Glacier Peak.


In what Arlington girls volleyball head coach Lauren Amundson described as the team’s cleanest, most efficient performance of the season, the Eagles topped Glacier Peak during a home match March 25. 

The Eagles won in three sets (25-18, 25-14, 25-15). 

“It feels like we’re finally peaking,” Amundson said of her experienced squad that fields five seniors and six juniors. In 2019, they were undefeated and placed sixth. 

The match at Arlington was the first time the Eagles competed in front of a home crowd. Prior to March 18, spectators weren’t allowed to watch games live. Since pandemic restrictions were eased, a limited number of home spectators could attend games in-person. Amundson said the team were excited to play in front of family and friends. “The first part of the game was settling in.” 

“We started on a great note taking care of the ball,” Amundson said, adding Libero Taylor Helle played with poise. She had 13 digs during Thursday’s match. 

Malia Shephard had 10 kills for the offense with a .670 efficiency along with four aces, Emily Mekelburg added 9 kills with a .470 efficiency and Teagan Sutherland had eight kills with .730 efficiency. 

“Both of our outside hitters were finishing points,” Amundson said. 

Sutherland also had four blocks and the Eagles had six team blocks. “She did a great job blocking,” Amundson said of Sutherland.

Arlington’s junior varsity team was victorious March 25 against Glacier Peak winning 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, and 25-17). Amundson said a whole team effort contributed to the victory. Reese Remle had six kills while Ellie Salstrom, Emma Armes and Kira Abraham chipped in four kills each, Amundson said in an email. Brooklyn Helle and Chloe Lewis provided the junior varsity team with a defensive edge with efficient passing and athletic digs. The junior varsity team’s record stands at 7-1. 

Arlington’s C-Team was also victorious winning 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, and 25-14). Amundson said Glacier Peak provided the toughest competition of the season for the C-Team. Every player contributed to the victory. Amundson said Mary Feider, Ally Chronister, Caitlin Klein and Izzy Gutierrez each had a block. During the third set, Amundson highlighted the passing of Bella Mathews, Trinity Bowles and Kamila Estrada along with the serving of Maddy McCall. 

Arlington girls volleyball concluded their season March 29 with a match against Lake Stevens, which took place after press time. The match was the team’s senior night where Nathalie Finneron, Helle, Zoe Jones, Paige Richards and Sutherland were honored.

“It will be a good competitive match,” Amundson said. 

She complimented the Eagles’ attitude during a shortened season that saw what’s normally a fall sport take place in March. She said she never once heard a complaint about masks, or a lack of playoffs or no fans. 

“They are so mature in their perspective of this season with the appreciation of simply the opportunity to compete to compete,” Amundson said.

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