Lady Eagles flying out of the gate to start season
The team won consolation in the “championship bracket” of the Cameron tournament over the weekend and snagged a road win on Tuesday night by taking care of Academy.
The Lady Eagles are now at 7-1 on the season.
It was a straight set road victor y for Milano as they aced Academy 25-10, 25-14, 25-14.
Masey Turnage led the team with nine kills, five aces and six digs.
Allison Dodd had 14 assists, while Stonie Guthrie had eight kills, one block and two aces.
The Lady Eagles opened up pool play at the 16-team Cameron tourney on Friday with no problem, sweeping their opponents Waco LaVega, Academy and Holland.
Pool play highlights included Turnage’s 15 kills, Philpott’s 23 assists and a team total 18 serving aces. The three wins put Milano into the championship bracket on Saturday.
Milano opened up with a tough match against Waco Reicher on Saturday morning, suf fering their first loss of the season in a 24-26, 22-25 battle. Libero Kiersten Bastow had a standout performance with eight digs.
They turned around to face a “bigger” Lago Vista team according to head coach Wendy King, but the Lady Eagles showed that size doesn’t matter as long as you hustle.
“We were overmatched with their height. My girls really responded in a positive way,” King said. “We tend to play better when the other team is a little better offensively. It allows our defense to work and things seem to flow better. We played our best match of this early season by far and beat them.”
Milano won the Lago Vista match in three sets, 25-23, 24-26, 25-22. Sophomore Stonie Guthrie showed why she now starts on the varsity with 10 kills and four stuff blocks.
In the consolation game of the championship tournament, the Lady Eagles defeated Lexington 25-20, 26-24. Turnage had a team high six kills in the match.
Milano will participate in the Leon tournament on Thursday and Saturday and in between host a tri-match with Jarrell and Granger at Geneva Paceley Gym. The Lady Eagles will travel to play Rogers for three games on Tuesday, Aug. 24.
The Lady Dogs (3-4) started their season a little later than most but have played quite a few games over the week.
Thorndale (3-4) hit the road Tuesday night to face new Cedar Creek High School in Bastrop. The Lady Dogs won it straight sets 25-8, 25-14, 25-18.
Cedar Creek is located just south of Bastrop on TX 21 and will be competing in varsity sports for the first time this school year.
The Lady Dogs opened their season on Friday with pool play at the Cameron tournament.
The now Class 2A school faced Giddings, Franklin and Lago Vista during Friday action, falling to all three opponents.
“We gave away too many serves,” first year head coach Lisa Strelsky said. “We are not going to allow missed serves this year.” The Lady Dogs took that to heart the next day.
Thorndale found itself in the consolation bracket on Saturday. The Lady Dogs were able to get their first win of the season in their opening game that day, beating Rosebud-Lott 25-23, 25- 16. Their serves were better with eight aces in the match.
The Lady Dogs then faced Marlin and stayed in the battle, but lost the fight 16-25, 25-12, 16-25. Seven aces were served here and Olivia Atkins led the team with three kills.
In their final game of the weekend, Thorndale swept Bosqueville 25-10, 25-10 to take third place in the consolation bracket. Petra Garcia had six aces in the match and Shelbie Stolte had four tips.
Strelsky utilized her entire roster during the tourney and that seems to be what the team’s strategy will be all season long.
“That’s what it’s going to take,” Strelsky said. “I’ve got to stay on top of the subs.”
Despite only winning two games in its opening weekend of play, Strelsky was pleased with what she saw. She also saw what she wants the girls to improve on.
“We are going to work on reading the body language of the attacker or the blocker,” she said. “Everybody will get better as the season goes on. Just wish we could’ve pulled out a win or two in pool play.”
Another positive that came out of the Cameron tourney for Thorndale was that they got to see just about every other team in their new 28-2A, with the exception of Florence.
The Lady Dogs will continue play this weekend at the Shiner tournament and will finally hold their home opener on Tuesday, Aug. 24 when they host Troy for three games. First serve is set for 5 p.m.