Lady Eagles fall again; plummet to 21 in polls
After dropping its first district game in three years, Milano (28-8, 6-1) lost again on Friday night to a non-district opponent, hence falling from No. 2 to No. 21 in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association poll.
The Lady Eagles (28-8, 6-1) did get a bit back on track Tuesday night as they defeated Holland on the road to open up the second round of loop action.
Milano fell on the road to Thrall on Sept. 28, losing its first league game since 2007. The Lady Eagles then lost on Friday night in non-loop action to Anderson- Shiro in straight sets.
In Monday’s poll, Thrall had moved up from No. 16 to No. 4, while Shiro makes its first appearance in the rankings at No. 17.
Milano swept Holland in three sets 25-17, 25-8, 25-17 on Tuesday night. No individual stats were available from the game, but senior Taryn Love played well at the net with strong hitting and few errors.
Milano is setting second in the district standings, while Holland and Granger are tied for third. Thrall undefeated in league play and sits atop the loop standings.
The Lady Eagles had an open date on their district schedule and filled it with a road trip to Shiro on Friday night.
No one told the Lady Owls it was a night off and they swept Milano 17-25, 15-25, 16-25. Stonie Guthrie led the team with 11 kills and three blocks on the night.
“We passed the ball poorly which is a bad indicator for us,” King said. “Our advantage is always hustle and desire. We don’t seem to have either right now. I do believe in good losses but this was not one of those.”
With the drop in the rankings hopefully Milano will change their look and get a chance to regroup.
“Mov ing dow n in t he poll should take some pressure off,” King said. “I don’t think we will know if we have regrouped until we face another challenge.”
The Lady Eagles host Buckholts on Saturday at 1 p.m. for a varsity only game at Geneva Paceley Gym, and then travel to Bartlett on Tuesday Oct. 12 for JV and varsity games beginning at 5 p.m.
The Lady Dogs have found a little spark by winning at home against Florence on Tuesday at Bulldog Gym to open up the second round of District 27-2A action.
Thorndale is now 6-14 on the season and 1-6 in league playIt all finally came together for the Lady Dogs as they defeated the Florence Lady Buffs 25-20, 17-25, 25-19, 25-17.
“The girls played really well. They hustled and worked hard,” Thorndale head volleyball coach Lisa Strelsky said. “They were determined to win at home and we had a good crowd. They were ready and it all clicked and they worked together.”
Olivia Atkins had a season high eight kills and two blocks against Florence, while Shelby Stolte had six kills, six digs, one assists, one ace and one block.
Heather Butterworth recorded three kills, five aces and seven digs, Shelbie Maupin tallied 15 assists, one ace and one dig. Robyn Jost come off the bench to record one kill, one ace and seven digs.
The Lady Dogs made the trip to Rogers on Friday night to face the No. 22 Lady Eagles and fell in straight sets 12-25, 15-25, 9-25.
Shelby Stolte led the team with three kills, three digs and an ace. Shelbie Maupin had seven assists, while Mirah Knapek had one kill and one ace.
Thorndale’s JV squad beat Rogers 25-4, 25-14, while the Lady Dogs’ freshman team lost 5-25, 18-25.
Thorndale will try to salvage a district win, but will have to scratch its way through the brutal 27-2A line up.
They will host Jarrell on Friday, Oct. 8 and then go to Academy on Tuesday, Oct. 12.