Scarlets working hard, playing tough
ARLEE – The Scarlets have started their season with some bright spots, winning three out of four matches and putting up a fight every time their feet touch the volleyball court while refusing to close the door quietly.
With only one senior on the roster, the Scarlets junior-laden team shows teamwork and skill is what it takes to win matches, something the Scarlets all have, according to Head Coach Brian Big Sam.
“All the girls that I have are all contributing in one way or another,” Big Sam said. “They’re all hitting the way I want them to.”
While Big Sam gives props to his whole team, not wanting to single out a single athlete, senior Violet Pablo has been fulfilling her job in the leadership role, leading not in the “rah-rah, go get ‘em” kind of way, but by setting the example.
“Violet is a silent contributor. She has her moments but for the most part she’s one of those all-around players,” Big Sam said. “She’s just a force out on the court.”
Though taking their first loss of the season, the Scarlets kept set scores close, ending in a split for the week.
On Thursday Arlee hosted Two Eagle River’s Lady Eagles and picked up the 3-1 victory.
Pablo led in kills with 12, while Abby Yokum served up five aces for the Scarlets.
Saturday the Scarlets battled in St. Regis against conference foes the Lady Tigers. Though keeping the set scores tight, the Scarlets met their demise in the fifth and final set with the Lady Tigers grabbing the edge in the 31-29 game.
“They were good games,” Big Sam said. “It’s not like a total blow out.”
Despite the loss, Pablo had a tremendous game with 16 kills and five aces. Autumn Moran chipped in 18 digs for her team.
As the season is still in the infant stage, Big Sam doesn’t want to cross his T’s and dot his I’s just yet, but believes the Scarlets have a shot at a good postseason run.
“It’s too early in the season to say, I mean all the teams are still trying to get their own rhythm of things,” he said. “I believe we should go a little farther than we did last year.”
The Scarlets will continue their fight hosting Hot Springs Sept. 18 and then will travel to Mission to take on the Lady Bulldogs Sept. 20.
Arlee def. Two Eagle River 25-19, 25-27, 25-15, 25-22
St. Regis def. Arlee 25-18, 25-20, 25-27, 31-29