Busy Lady Eagles take on eight matches in three days
The Lady Eagles (8-9) played in the Leon Tournament on Thursday and Saturday, then hosted a tri-match with Granger and Jarrell on Friday.
Milano then faced a tough Class 2A Rogers team on Tuesday night, falling in three games.
"It was tough, but they made it," Lady Eagles coach Wendy King said. "Our defense is looking better and better. Overall, I was happy with our efforts."
During Thursday's pool play, Milano fell hard to Centerville 25-8, 25-9.
The Lady Eagles then defeated Bryan Ruder and tourney host Leon to put them in the championship bracket on Saturday.
The Lady Eagles didn't start out well on Saturday, losing to Lorena. They bounced back to defeat Moody, but then lost to Fairfield in the consolation game.
The team finished in the top six of a talented tournament, King said.
In between tourney days, Milano hosted a tri-match with old district foe Granger and always scrappy Jarrell.
The Lady Eagles lost in five sets to Granger in the day's first game 25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 21-25, 12-15.
Masey Turnage led the offensive effort with 11 kills and three aces. Allison Dodd was a defensive leader with 19 digs and 14 assists.
"We played really well and it was a very disappointing loss," King said. "We played so hard; it was one of those matches I felt we deserved to win."
The L ady Eagles set and watched Jarrell and Granger go five more sets, with Jarrell coming out on top.
Milano bounced back and defeated Jarrell in straight sets 25-23, 25-16, 25-16.
Dodd was again big defensively for the Lady Eagles with 21 digs, two blocks and nine assists. Turnage had a team-high eight kills and Stephanie Philpott was a standout with 17 assists.
"I was real proud of the girls for coming back and beating Jarrell," King said. "Conditioning definitely played a role in that match. We outlasted them."
Milano was defeated in three sets Tuesday night at Geneva Paceley Gym by Rogers 25-15, 25-23, 25-17.
Taryn Love came alive with eight kills and two blocks for Milano.
Dodd and Philpott are "really getting after the ball," according to King.
"The second game we came alive and started defending and passing the ball like we should," King said. "Overall, it was a loss that we can build on."