Thrall shocks Lady Eagles; first loop loss since 2007
The No. 2 Milano Lady Eagles hit a big bump on the road in Thrall Tuesday night as the No. 16 Tigerettes upset the Lady Eagles in straight sets 25-21, 25-21, 25-18, handing Milano its first district loss since 2007.
Thrall now stands atop the District 25-A standings at 6-0, while Milano (26-8) is second at 5-1.
The loss to the Tigerettes was the first district loss for the Lady Eagles in three seasons, stopping their league game winning streak at 25 and Milano’s current winning streak is halted at nine.
In the loss, Taryn Love had 7 kills and 3 aces; Stephanie Philpott 18 assists and 5 kills; Masey Turnage 9 kills; Allison Dodd11 assists, 3 kills; Stonie Guthrie 5 kills; Desiree Adrian 7 kills, 5 digs; Kiersten Bastow 2 digs.
The Lady Eagles got tested a little on Saturday during their district match up against Granger at Geneva Paceley Gym.
Being challenged is something Milano has not had to face too much of in the last two seasons.
Milano won the game in straight sets 25-9, 25-20, 25-13. Some passing and serving errors, along with a tight blocking game from Granger tested the Lady Eagles.
“Saturday was the first real test in district and I think we came out really good,” Milano head volleyball coach Wendy King said. “Game one we were focused and played very well. Our passing broke down a little in game two and we let them score more points than we wanted.”
Love and Adrian led the Lady Eagles with six kills each. Love also had four aces, as did Allison Dodd.
Because of Milano’s short roster (Love is the tallest player at just 5-9, with everyone else 5-5 or shorter) they were challenged by Granger’s blocking ability.
“We didn’t pick them up as good as I would have liked. I think we will make some adjustments next time but getting blocked is something we are used to. It’s just a size issue,” King said.
“I want the girls to be aggressive and challenge the other team’s defense. When they are eager to block is when you can throw in some off speed stuff and take advantage of them.
“We are generally pretty good at that but I think the girls were just trying to be super aggressive and make a statement.”
Milano will use an open date in their loop schedule on Friday night to travel to play Anderson- Shiro. First serve is set for 4:30 p.m.