Arlington volleyball overpowers Keller

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Arlington had a lot of offense invested in outside hitter Kaitlyn Granger last season.

Despite Granger’s graduation and volleyball coach Kim Spencer on family leave Tuesday night, the Colts didn’t seem to skip a beat as middle blockers Jacqueline Vernor and Emily Harvey helped hammer home a 25-17, 25-13, 25-18 nondistrict victory over Keller.

“We’re doing a lot better than anybody expected, including ourselves,” Vernor said. “We just have this chemistry, that we might not have the best hitters or the best defense, but we work hard for each other at every rotation.”

Vernor had 12 kills and three point-winning blocks, and Harvey countered with seven kills and two blocks as Arlington improved to 22-7 on the season.

Outmanned with senior setter Malery Wahlin sidelined by an injury, Keller couldn’t withstand the onslaught at the net.

The Indians did hang tough, twice leading in the third set and once by as many as four points before Vernor rotated back on the floor and closed things out.

Vernor had three kills and two blocks in the final seven points.

“Tonight it didn’t matter who was coaching, as well as they played,” Arlington assistant coach Heather Woodman said. “It just shows you how much coach Spencer has worked with them and how much they listen and know what their responsibilities are.”

Without Whalin, Keller (7-17) is a team full of underclassmen. But coach Sylvia Ortiz said she feels the team is growing more confident despite the slow start.

The Indians jumped out to a 12-8 lead in the third set and looked to make the rally stick with strong play down the stretch and the outside hitting of Cameryn Zahradnik.

She had five kills and two blocks in the final game and finished with six kills and three blocks for the match. Middle blocker Hannah Brown had five kills and three blocks for the night.

“You know we could have rolled over there, but we didn’t,” Ortiz said. “We hung in there and battled and that’s all I can ask them to do right now. Cameryn’s hanging with the big kids and she did well against a great team.”

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