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Stanwood slinks off with victory
The ever improving Eagles volleyball team again showed how far it has come this season. It wasnt enough against a strong Stanwood team as Arlington went down 3-1.
The Eagles have yet to win in the Wesco North this year, although their progress as the season has gone on is marked. They gave Stanwood a real run for their money but could not match the Spartans consistency in hitting at the end.
The Eagles dug a hole right off the bat in the first game. A service error and some impressive Stanwood spikes put them down 0-3. Kjirsten Jensen got things going in the right direction for the Eagles with a deep kill. She followed it up with a devastating solo block at the net.
Arlington caught a break when the official missed a call on a ball that had touched the ground. The Stanwood bench hollered for a call to no avail as Arlington recovered the point. Kelsey Czban dove for the ball which clipped the wood floor as Czban lunged underneath it. The ball popped up and two touches later, Arlington found themselves with a surprise point.
Ryanne Mueller and Breanna Covey then took things on themselves in the front line. Both free-swingers landed multiple kills and Covey served four straight points to put the Eagles up 18-16.
Stanwood then made a huge run and several service aces helped put the game away as the Spartans won 25-19.
Game two went much better for Arlington. The Eagles jumped on Stanwood early behind the serving of Czban and the hitting of Covey. Libero Athena Galdonez came up with a pair of nice digs to help Arlington get ahead 6-1.
Arlington continued to cling to their lead with Kyra Prause serving a number of points. Allison Taylors tip spike made the score 21-16 in favor of the Eagles. It was their second late game lead against Stanwood and this time they made the most of it.
With score 22-20, the Eagles caught another break when a Stanwood backrow player attempted to play a ball that was clearly headed out. Her mistake put the Eagles three points ahead, needing only two more for the win.
The Spartans battled back but a huge call from the official, who struggled all match but was at least consistently bad for both teams, made an over-the-net call against the Spartans. The call gave Arlington two opportunities at game point and the second time they came through. Covey watched a Spartan spike attempt ride the top of the net before coming down out of bounds on the near sideline. Arlington escaped with a 25-23 win.
In game three Arlington again staked themselves to a lead, before allowing themselves to be caught by the Spartans. Amanda Bottini served up some early aces for the home side while Covey continued her strong play at the net. With the score 10-9 in favor of the Eagles, Covey notched a monster solo block in the middle of the court.
The points in the third game were long and intense, with both teams playing some excellent volleyball. A hustle play by Sheena Apolista in the back row set up a Czban tip kill to pull Arlington to within 14-15. But Stanwood went on a mini-run with all their kills finding the corners to make it 16-21. A Mueller put-away to make the score 18-23 was the last time Arlington would get a sideout and they fell 18-25.
Arlington could not turn things around in game four and they went down to defeat again. Still, judging the team based on improvement in both technique and ability, there is little question that the program is much improved this season.