Lady Eagles open some eyes with second place finish at Robinson
Milano’s Lady Eagles volleyball team definitely opened some eyes over the weekend and is now ranked No. 4 in the most recent Texas Girls Coaches Association poll.
The small team, with just eight girls on its roster, was second in the silver bracket of the 32-team Robinson tournament over the weekend, and in between tournament days, beat No. 8 Normangee in a marathon match.
The teams were ranked sixth and fourth last week, respectively.
It was an ugly win Tuesday night for the 19-7 Lady Eagles as they host Snook at Geneva Paceley Gym. Milano struggled with passing and serving errors in their 25-11, 25-8, 25-23 win.
Masey Turnage and Stonie Guthrie each recorded 10 kills on the night.
Guthrie also had three aces. Taryn Love had five kills and three aces, while Desiree Adrian pounded three kills and had two digs. Libero Kiersten Bastow did her job, grounding out 10 digs against Snook (7-5).
Allison Dodd had 13 assist and five digs and Stephanie Philpott had 12 assists, three digs and two aces.
Bringing home some silver
Milano took second in the “silver bracket” of the Robinson tourney over the weekend. This was the last tournament the Lady Eagles will compete in this season.
On Saturday, Milano took care of big school opponents Troy, Waco High and Waco Connally in straight sets to advance to the lower bracket title game against China Spring.
The Lady Eagles fought hard, taking the game to three matches, but came out on the losing end of things 25-21, 18-25, 21-25.
Milano was led by Taryn Love with 10 kills and two aces. Stonie Guthrie had nine kills, while Masey Turnage had eight kills and three digs. Desiree Adrian recorded an impressive 13 digs along two kills.
Setter Allison Dodd and Stephanie Philpott had 17 and 11 assists, respectively. Libero Kiersten Bastow had five digs.
In pool play on Thursday, the Lady Eagles defeated West in three sets, fell to Lampasas in two and beat Waco University in three.
In between tournament days, Milano defeated Normangee in a clash of Class A titans 25-21, 18-25, 25-9, 21-25, 15-13.
It was the third time the two teams have met so far this season with the Lady Eagles leading the series 2-1. The other two times were in the Leon Tournament two weeks ago.
Turnage led the way against Normangee with 18 kills and 12 digs. Love had 13 kills, three aces and a block, while Guthrie had nine kills and a block.
Philpott recorded 26 assists, nine digs and one ace, and Dodd 19 assists and 10 digs.
Adrian was big defensively with 13 digs and five kills, as was Bastow with seven digs.
Milano’s freshmen team beat Normangee 25-23, 25-12, while the Lady Eagles’ junior varsity squad lost 25-23, 12-25, 10-25.
“The girls played great considering the amount of time we spent playing volleyball Thursday, Friday and Saturday,” head coach Wendy King said of her team. “China Spring was a quality team and we played them strong. I wish we had just a couple of points back to do again but that’s not the way it works.”
The Lady Eagles will travel to Bremond on Friday, Sept. 3 with the JV set to start at 4 p.m., followed by the varsity. The JV will also play in the Franklin tournament on Sept. 4. Milano will hit the road for its final non-district tune-up when all high school teams travel to old district foe Thorndale on Sept. 7 with games set to start at 5 p.m.