After years of tremendous success in Section 1, Arlington has built up a reputation in Class AA as a powerhouse program. That past success may have led to underestimating some opponents in present day.
Mahopac, a Class AA foe that hosted the Admirals during a preseason scrimmage on Aug. 28, swept Arlington on Thursday at home, 25-19, 25-17, 25-19. “We expected that they were going to think they were better than us,” Indians senior Alayne Felix said. “We used that as fuel.”
Felix, a standout middle blocker and basketball player for the Indians, registered 14 kills in the sweep, despite neither team playing overly aggressive. “Both teams pushed and rolled the ball a lot,” she said. “I expected both of us to be more aggressive.”
Fellow senior captain Niamh Dodd added six kills for the Indians. Casey Link had 27 assists on the offensive end, while Mackenzie Diebold held down the defense with 13 digs.
Arlington, which graduated nine seniors last year, returned just four players from a season ago. Mahopac coach James Melville said he wanted to “see who she had coming in this year,” referring to Admirals head coach Maria Greenwood.
Mahopac (3-1) will get another taste of what the Class AA field will be like this season when it plays in Scarsdale’s tournament on Saturday, which benefits Autism Speaks. The Indians are scheduled to play in the same pool as their in-class counterparts, as well as Horace Greeley and Irvington.
With a much more manageable schedule this season, the Indians are looking for big things on both a league and section scale. “We’re hoping for a league win,” Felix said. “Obviously John Jay-East Fishkill is going to be a hard blockade for us.”
“We’ve never been a dominant AA team,” Melville said, “but I like to think we’re a team people don’t like to play (at sections).”
Last season, Mahopac posted a 10-9 regular season record and drew a No. 9 seed at the Section 1 tournament, which resulted in a quarterfinal loss to John Jay-East Fishkill.
Best of the rest:Sarah Seger had eight kills for Yorktown in a 25-9, 25-7, 25-14 win against visiting Horace Greeley. … Michelle Corona had 15 digs for Carmel in a 25-13, 25-23, 25-11 loss at Lourdes. Veronica Faley added 14 assists. … Good Counsel’s Jackie Schurick had five kills and five aces in a 25-20, 25-14, 21-25, 19-25, 15-10 loss against visiting Aquinas.