Consolation prize is high water mark for Milano
"The girls were really excited to win a trophy in such a huge tournament. We only have seven varsity players and a consolation finish in a 32 team tournament is really a great accomplishment for us," Milano head volleyball coach Wendy King said. "That is our best finish ever in Robinson since we have been playing over there."
The Lady Eagles (16-10) opened up pool play on Thursday, sweeping all three opponents in straight sets.
They defeated Waco Connally 25-23, 25-15, then beat Franklin 25-20, 25-23. King said the Franklin win was a boost since they had lost to the Lady Lions earlier in the season in the Cameron tourney.
They rounded out pool play with a 25-10, 25-13 win over Academy. That sent Milano to the top 16 teams to the championship bracket.
Play on Saturday had Milano losing to Lampasas 25-22, 18-25, 26-28 that morning and then winning the next three to win the consolation trophy.
The Lady Eagles beat Waco University 24-26, 25-9, 25-15, followed by China Spring 25-22, 22-25, 25-15 and then Waco Connally again 25-18, 25-23.
Junior Masey Turnage was selected to the all-tournament team, an honor King said was well deserved.
"I have been so impressed with her poise on court. In the past, she could break down after making a few mistakes. She still makes mistakes, but she doesn't let it get her down anymore," King said. "She played really well throughout the tournament also and obviously drew the attention of the other coaches in the tournament."
Between tournament days, the Lady Eagles traveled to Snook on Friday to defeat the Lady Blue Jays in three sets, 25-14, 25-1, 25- 5. Milano's JV team also defeated Snook, 25-12 and 25-12.
The Lady Eagles got a road win on Tuesday night in Holland, sweeping the Lady Hornets 25-5, 25-15, 25-13.
Taryn Love had a team high eight kills and senior Jenna Morgan was a big defensive presence with six digs and two blocks.
Milano's subvarsity teams were also victorious against Holland. The junior varsity won 25-19, 22-25, 25-11, while the freshmen won 25-16, 25-17.