The Wildcats sport their cancer awareness Dig for the Cure uniforms for the Arlington match. (Photo by John Fisken)

First-place Eagles blank Oak Harbor / Volleyball

The Arlington High School volleyball team continued its undefeated Wesco season with a 3-0 win in Oak Harbor Wednesday, Oct. 4.

The Eagles (7-0, 8-1) defeated Oak Harbor 25-22, 25-17, 25-14 and will most likely remain near the top of the league standings for some time, having only two seniors on its roster.

Oak Harbor (2-4, 3-5) slipped to ninth with the loss and to the edge in qualifying for the postseason with six matches left. The top nine teams advance.

The Wildcats fell behind 14-3 in the first game before putting a late scare in the Eagles. Arlington sat on game point, 24-16, when Oak Harbor rallied for six straight points, punctuated by a kill from Kristina Tirado to make it 24-22 before the Eagles stopped the run.

The Wildcats jumped to a 5-1 lead in the second set behind two kills from Hailee Blau and another from Tirado, but Arlington went on a 16-5 run to pull away.

The Eagles ran out to an 11-2 lead in the final set and were never challenged by the Wildcats.

“We played better than at Snohomish (Monday), but we need to be more consistent,” Oak Harbor coach Kerri Molitor said. “We had more good plays tonight than Monday.”

Blau fired 14 kills, and Andrea Ruben had two aces and 19 assists.

Cami Bristow finished with 17 digs, and Ceirra Dean added 13.

Oak Harbor heads to Edmonds-Woodway (4-3, 5-4) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Oak Harbor celebrates a point in the Arlington match Wednesday. From the left are Sherilyne Fernandez, Cami Bristow, Leielle Salinger, Camden Miller and Haile Blau. (Photo by John Fisken)

Ceirra Dean looks in a pass Wednesday. (Photo by John Fisken)

Leielle Salinger goes for the kill for the Wildcats. (Photo by John Fisken)

Jaslin Webster passes as coach Kerri Molitor and the Wildcat bench looks on. (Photo by John Fisken)

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