ARLINGTON — Eagle volleyball fans saw glimpses of what would make for an exciting season during Arlington’s season opener against Everett.
But there weren’t enough of those moments to overcome the Seagulls in a 3-2 (25-21, 16-25, 25-14, 18-25, 7-5) non-conference loss at home Sept. 8.
“I think it came down to not adjusting,” said Arlington coach Melissa Thompson. “They started tipping more (in game four) and we didn’t adjust to that.”
Everett won the final two games, taking advantage of a young Arlington team that was slow to implement a change in strategy. And just before game four, the Eagles looked unbeatable with a frontline that dominated the Seagulls’ defense en route to a 25-14 win and a 2-1 match lead.
“What you saw there was our hitters making the most out our consistent passing all night,” Thompson said. “It all clicked there and that is a great example that we can look at this season and see what we’re capable of when our hitters transition early — that’s one of our goals this season.”
Leading all hitters was one of the two freshmen that started the match for the Eagles, Audrey Frolich. Arlington’s attack centered around the freshman, who shined in the first game. Frolich’s three kills in four straight points sparked an Arlington comeback from an 18-13 defect. The Eagles didn’t take their first lead in the opening game until the score was 22-21, when Frolich closed out the game by serving four consecutive points — the final two came by way of the ace. She finished with a team-high 15 kills and three aces.
“For a freshman, Audrey’s very composed and confident — both of our freshmen starters are,” said Thompson. “And I think you have to give the entire team credit for that because they have been extremely supportive in helping them get comfortable at this level.”
Arlington also started freshman Kate Anderson.
Megan Abdo finished with 38 assists and Lexi Sarver had eight kills and two aces.
Thompson said she saw a standout performance from libero Maya Manzano.
“She was like a rock back there for us,” Thompson said. “Her serve-receive is so impressive.”
Overall, Thompson said she was impressed by what she saw in her team.
“We stayed composed and consistent with our passing, which are two goals we have for this season, and that’s good for a young team that hadn’t played together on the same team before,” she said.
Junior hitter Loretta Forrest had a game high 17 kills.
Arlington plays at Cascade Sept. 22.