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Hailey Wood, Eagles’ junior defensive specialist, gets the difficult dig during practice at Arlington High School on Sept. 5.

 

The Arlington volleyball team is working hard in the gym as they are projected to be one of the best teams in the area.

With a young squad last season the Eagles were very successful as they held a 10-4 division record and an overall record of 10-6.  After a strong regular season, they fell short in the 3A District Playoffs with back-to-back losses that ended their season. During the offseason, Arlington only graduated two seniors from the team and are looking forward to a strong start behind an experienced roster.

“We came into this season with 12 returners essentially, so we were able to hit the ground running from the first day. It’s a huge advantage because we are able to start refining our game at an earlier stage of the season. These girls are really hungry, and they are ready to redeem what we think last year could have been,” said Arlington Head Coach Whitney Williams.

With three seniors on their front line, the Eagles will be a force this season behind their size and athleticism. Their two seniors on the outside will be Arianna Bilby and Reese Talbot. Bilby has a reputation as being one of the best hitters across the league, finishing the 2017 season as a First-Team All-League member. Talbot has been placed all over the court and has made a lot of plays above the net as she was an Honorable Mention All-League member in 2017. In the middle, Julia Parra is going to be huge on the defensive end as she was recognized as an Honorable Mention All-League last season.

Behind their upperclassmen, the Eagles will have a roster full of six juniors and three sophomores who have all played at the varsity level.

“We have a really unique group this year and all of them take ownership of their roles. We only have three seniors this season, but from top to bottom there is a lot of experience and talent,” said Coach Williams.

If you want to support the Eagles their first home match of the season will be against Shorecrest Scots on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m.

 

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