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Parlin the bright spot in Arlingtons loss to Cascade

Megan Graham swings through a serve during her match with Alyssa Burrell of Cascade -
Megan Graham swings through a serve during her match with Alyssa Burrell of Cascade
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ARLINGTON Andrea Parlin broke out of her season-long funk, beating Jennifer Hyunh of Cascade in a roller coaster, emotional match of No. 1 players.
The first set saw Parlin jump out to a commanding 5-2 lead. Hyunh hung tough, hitting consistent baseline drives and waiting for Parlin to make a mistake. Hyunh took the next two games to close the gap and, having seized the momentum, won a pivotal tenth game to level the set. Hyunh then dominated the final two games of the set to win 7-5.
Parlin could have easily given in at that point, it was a disheartening way to lose the first set. But she rallied in the second, taking it all the way to a tie-break and winning 7-6 (7-5). The momentum of the match shifted yet again, and after breaking Hyunhs serve early in the third set, Parlin capitalized on her advantage. She held on for a 6-4 third set and overall match victory.
At No. 2 singles, Megan Graham lost for the first time in four matches. Her opponent Alyssa Burell played a very steady baseline game, not hitting too many winners, but always keeping the ball in play. Graham lost patience and began pressing for scoring shots. The tactic cost Graham, as she lost 2-6, 2-6.
In No. 1 doubles, the talented duo of Morgan Galusha and Bridgette Burkholder lost a tough two set match against Cascades Rachel Dawson and Kara Matsuzawa. Galusha and Burkholder have had good success all season, with a team leading 4-2 record. They could not get things going against the persistent Cascade girls. Burkholder in particular appeared to struggle for the first time this season, her racket betrayed her on several wide shots. The end result was a 4-6, 4-6 loss.
Coach Sean Cunningham sees positives in his teams performance this season but still wants more from his girls.
Weve been in every single match. Its been a problem of closing strong. Were losing tie breakers and third sets.
Cunningham believes the difference lies in the temperament of the team.
Were playing it safe. We dont get aggressive enough at the net. Even a player with less skill can change the dynamic of a match simply by being aggressive. The girls know it, they just have to put it into practice in the second half of the season.
The girls play again April 19 at Snohomish.

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