The Arlington girls volleyball team competed against the Everett Seagulls in the second round of the 3A District Tournament, on Nov. 8.
Everett got off to an early lead in the first set with a quick 5-2 run. The Eagles refused to allow separation as they battled back and kept the score close with multiple lead changes. Near the end of the first set, Arlington began to make a push with a 20-17 lead over the Seagulls. Everett started to shift momentum yet again as they managed to close the gap and force a 23-23 tie. The Seagulls closed out the set with a 25-23 score.
The battle between the Eagles and the Seagulls continued into the second set as neither team could create a substantial lead. Arlington fell behind by five points at the halfway mark of the set, 15-10, but closed the gap and tied it up late with a score of 20-20. Each team went back and forth with long rallies, however, Everett closed it out with the 26-24 victory.
The Seagulls rode their momentum in the third set as they started it on a dominant 10-3 run. Arlington made a push late, but it wasn’t enough as Everett won the set 25-16 and swept the match by a set score of 3-0.
“We lost a couple of players late in the season and the team had to find a new identity really quickly. We had a lot of young players out there and I am so proud of what they were able to do with such little varsity experience. Our two senior captains made a big impact with this young team and we will miss them so much,” said Arlington Head Coach Whitney Williams.
The Eagles were led by Emily Mekelburg, Julia Parra, Sarah Mekelburg, Taylor Helle and Hailey Wood. Emily, senior middle blocker, used her height and athleticism as she earned a team-high eight kills. Parra, junior middle blocker, was second on the team with six kills and added on five digs. Sarah, freshman outside hitter, earned three kills and a team-high five blocks. Helle, sophomore libero, played great on the defensive end as she had a team-high 17 digs. Wood, sophomore opposite hitter, had a game-high four aces and tallied an impressive 12 digs throughout the contest.
“Looking forward to next season we are really excited about what we have in our young core. We are only losing two players in the offseason and we have so much talent coming back,” said Coach Williams.
After the loss to the Seagulls, the Eagles are done for the season. While only losing two seniors over the offseason, the Eagles will look to build on their success heading into next year.