No. 13 Lady Eagles ready to serve up first playoff opponent

Wortham first up on Milano's playoff list Thursday
BY MARIE BAKKEN Reporter Staff Writer

Reporter/Marie Bakken Masey Turnage turned in 16 digs, 12 kills and four aces in Milano's warm-up loss to Granger. Reporter/Marie Bakken Masey Turnage turned in 16 digs, 12 kills and four aces in Milano's warm-up loss to Granger. MILANO—After receiving a first round bye in the postseason, Milano will begin its playoff run Thursday against Wortham in Bremond in area round action.

First serve is set for 7 p.m. Wortham defeated Milford in a bi-district game played Tuesday night at Rice High School.

The No. 13 Lady Eagles (29-11) were District 16A champions and have not missed the postseason since 2000 with the schools best finish being a silver medal at the UIL State Tournament in 2005.

That year caped off four consecutive trips to the state tourney by Milano.

Milano's 15 game w inning streak came to an end on Friday night in a warm-up game road loss against No. 11 Granger.

The Lady Eagles were ranked No. 9 last week and Granger No. 17. Milano lost 25-21, 22-25, 25- 13, 17-25 and 10-15.

The five game marathon was the best outing for Milano this season, according to their coach Wendy King.

"We played what I consider our best match of the season. Of course, we had some rough patches," King said. "The last half of game four was really where we broke down. They serve awfully tough and our passing broke down during that time.

"Aside from that, our defense was excellent and we attacked the ball relatively well for us." The Lady Eagles' scrappy defense did another fine job, racking up 72 digs during the match."

Milano finished atop District 16A with a perfect 10-0 record, earning a bye in the first round of the postseason.

The fact that the district was not very competitive, according to King, she was worried her team would come out flat.

"I was a little worried after coming off five weeks of district play which was not very competitive. Worry was not necessary because the girls stepped up to the plate and really played awesome," King said.

"I, of course, never like to lose but that was a loss we can definitely build on and use to our advantage. It was constructive. I also am impressed by Granger and hope they do well in their region. They are a tough team."

Jenna Morgan led the way for Milano with 16 kills and 14 digs on the night.

Masey Turnage had 12 kills, 16 digs and four aces, Taryn Love eight kills and three digs, Desiree Adrian three kills, eight digs and one block.

Also, Allison Dodd two kills, 10 digs and 21 assists, Stephanie Philpott 17 digs and 16 assists, and Brittany Compton four digs.

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