The Arlington girls volleyball team matched up with the Marysville Getchell Chargers for their final home game, and senior night, on Oct. 24.
From the first serve both teams battled back and forth, with neither one creating a significant lead. By the first timeout the Eagles led by their largest margin of the set, 17-11. After the break, the Chargers came roaring back as they closed the gap to tie it up 20-20. Unfortunately for Marysville Getchell, Arlington put together a 5-1 run and finished the set with a score of 25-21.
The Eagles came out in the second set looking to dominate as they put together a 12-3 run. After a timeout from the Chargers, they regrouped and came back with a 11-5 run of their own, putting the score at 17-14. Arlington called a timeout and found their groove to close out the set with a score of 25-18.
Marysville Getchell wasn’t willing to let Arlington walk away with the easy win as they fought tough in the last set. Each point mattered as neither team created a margin greater than four points. Near the end of the set, both teams were unable to create the two-point margin to win. After going back and forth the Eagles managed to finish the set 28-26 and win the match with a score of 3-0.
“It’s huge to finish the regular season where we did with such a young team and only a few seniors rotating in and out. We’re focused on the postseason, but it’s also really exciting to think about the future and how good this team is going to be,” said Arlington Head Coach Whitney Williams.
Arlington was led by Julia Parra, Sarah Mekelburg and Taylor Pederson. Parra, junior middle blocker, had team-highs in two categories with seven kills and seven aces. Mekelburg, senior middle blocker, had four kills of her own as well as leading the Eagles with five blocks. Pederson, freshman setter, tied the team-high with three aces as well as adding three digs and a game-high 23 assists.
“We came in today and played with a lot more heart and energy. We’ve been struggling mentally this season but it was good to see them work together and not let their own mistakes hold them back,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Kristina Naff.
Marysville Getchell relied on Sydney Norton, Mikail Montez and Alyssa Hagar throughout the match. Norton, senior setter, organized the Chargers all over the court as she put up 21 assists and 11 digs. Montez and Hagar, senior middle blockers, dominated at the net as they combined for 14 kills and five blocks.
The Chargers season is done as they will look to develop more over the offseason and come back stronger next year. Arlington secured one of the top spots in Wesco 3A and will be looking to continue their dominance in the postseason starting on Nov. 6.