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Eagles’ senior outside hitter Arianna Bilby splits the Archbishop Murphy front line as she scores in the first set at Arlington High School on Sept. 26.

 

The Arlington volleyball team battled to keep their undefeated season as they hosted the Archbishop Murphy Wildcats on Sept. 26.

Both teams came out fighting for each and every point as neither team was able to pull away early. The Eagles called the first time out in the set as they led 10-9 in the back-and-forth competition. After the time out, the Wildcats managed to put together an 8-5 run in order to secure their first lead of the match, 17-15. This wouldn’t last for long as Arlington came together and went on an impressive 10-3 run to close out the set, 25-20.

The second set opened up in a similar way to the first, as each team stayed within a couple of points of each other. After starting the match 3-3, the Eagles began to slowly pull away on a 11-5 run before the Wildcats called their first time out. After the time out, Archbishop Murphy went on a small 3-0 run of their own to get them within three points, 14-11. Arlington found their groove once again with the Wildcats closing in as they put together an 11-3 run to end the set 25-14.

Arlington found their stride early on in the third set and managed to stay in control throughout the rest of the match. After creating space early, the Eagles closed out the set by a score of 25-14 and took the victory by a match score of 3-0.

“We were positive, and we stuck with our plan even when we were struggling with our passing. We’re about to go on our stretch of away matches and we’ll be looking to stay healthy through it. We practice really hard and with being in the thick of school, we need to do everything we can to make sure everyone is good to go,” said Arlington Head Coach Whitney Williams.

Arlington’s senior captain and outside hitter Arianna Bilby garnered Player of the Game honors after exploding for 13 kills, eight digs, two blocks and one ace.

The Eagles’ frontline controlled the match behind Teagan Sutherland, Sophia Cushman, Reese Talbot and Emily Mekelburg. Sutherland, junior middle blocker, finished with four kills and two blocks. Cushman, sophomore middle blocker, also had two blocks off her own to go with her three kills. Talbot, senior outside hitter, and Mekelburg, sophomore outside hitter, put up kills with five and four respectively.

In the backline Arlington was led by Paige Richards and their two sophomore setters Brookelynn Ramey and Taylor Pederson. Richards, junior libero, kept the Eagles' runs alive with a match-high 12 digs. Ramey and Pederson combined for 22 assists and each had an ace in the match.

The Eagles will be traveling for the next couple of weeks but will be back at their home court on Tuesday, Oct. 15, as they host the Everett Seagulls at 7 p.m.

 

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