No. 3 Cayuga takes down Lady Eagles in regionals
Milano, ranked as high as No. 9 during the fall, finish the season with a 30-12 record.
It was the Lady Eagles' ninth straight trip tothe postseason and second straight year to fall to the Lady Cats in the regional quarterfinals.
"They are very athletic," Lady Eagles head coach Wendy King said of Cayuga. "They hit the ball better than we did tonight. Their net players are real athletes."
A number of the Lady Cats' players were on the Class A state runner-up track team from Cayuga.
The Lady Cats (35-8) dominated game one behind the hitting of freshman Shawnta Knox and senior Lexus Mack, taking the opening set 25-19.
Milano would battle back and make things interesting in the second set, staying within four points of Cayuga.
The Lady Eagles took the lead at 21-20 and even had game point at 24-22 on Lady Cat errors.
Back-to-back-to-back kills from Cayuga gave them the 26-24 win and a 2-0 lead.
The Lady Eagles showed resilient and their scrappy defense in game three, leading by as much as eight points.
Cayuga would storm back to take a 22-20 lead, but Milano had back-to-back kills from junior Taryn Love and a set winning kill from sophomore Desiree Adrian to take game three 25-22.
Costly passing and hitting mistakes by the Lady Eagles would see Cayuga jump out to an 11-3 lead and then as big as 19-10.
The middle hitting of the Lady Cats would be too much for Milano, taking game four 25-16.
Junior Masey Turnage had 15 kills and seven digs to lead the Lady Eagles, followed by Love with 13 kills and one block.
Jenna Morgan recorded nine kills, nine digs and one block, while Adrian had eight kills and seven digs.
Milano's setters were also their biggest defensive players on the night.
Stephanie Philpott tallied 24 assists, 11 digs, one kill and one ace. Allison Dodd had 19 assists, 12 digs, two aces, one kill and one block. Libero player Brittany Compton had four aces and two digs
Milano's squad loses t wo seniors off its roster this year— Brittany Compton and Jenna Morgan. King was very complimentar y of both af ter the match.
"Both of them were unsure about playing (volleyball) this year. We couldn't have done it without them," King said. "I think Brittany had the best game of her life here tonight.
"And Jenna was the difference in us winning 30 games. She stepped up when one of our other varsity girls quit and never missed a beat."
The Lady Eagles will return five starters next year and look to compete for their third straight district title in 2010.
Milano has won the 16A district crown the past two seasons.