The undefeated Arlington Eagles volleyball team hosted another unbeaten team in the Snohomish Panthers on Oct. 4.
The Eagles garnered a slight lead early on as they earned their first 10 points by the time the Panthers had only scored seven. Snohomish found their first run shortly after as they led 11-10 after a 4-0 run. Arlington quickly turned it around and found themselves battling on top the rest of the set, with a 25-22 victory.
In the second set, Arlington kept the pressure on the Panthers as they got up early on once again. By the time either team took a time out, the Eagles already held a commanding score of 6-2. The Panthers called their second time out of the set moments later as Arlington continued to pull ahead, 15-7. Snohomish battled back after the stop in play and took the set on a 18-8 run.
The next two sets were split between both teams as the Panthers secured a 25-19 win in the third set after a close competition all the way through. The Eagles stayed in the match with a 25-18 victory in the fourth set, after coming back on an unbelievably dominant 19-6 run.
Arlington and Snohomish entered the final tie-breaker set willing to put everything on the line. The Eagles got down early and called their first time out while losing 7-3. After the break they came back, tied up the set and kept the score within one point. With a tied score of 15-15, the Panthers were able to grab the final two points, 17-15, and secure the match victory 3-2.
“This whole season we don’t care who is on the other side as long as we focus and play our game. We lost to a great team, but it was good to see them fight and after seeing that I don’t think there is much in our way the rest of the season,” said Arlington Head Coach Whitney Williams.
The Eagles were led by Paige Richards, Caroline Diemer and Arianna Bilby. Richards, sophomore defensive specialist, recorded a game-high 23 digs and added on two aces throughout the match. Diemer, junior setter, has been lights-out all season as she had a team-high 26 assists as well as two aces, two kills and 11 digs. Bilby, junior outside hitter, lived above the net as she had a game-high 18 kills with 19 digs and four aces.
If you want to come out and cheer on the Eagles their next home match will be against Stanwood on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m.