Lady Eagles wrap up another playoff party
It will be the 10th consecutive year for the Lady Eagles, now 31-9 overall and 10-1 in District 25A, to reach the postseason, having not not missed a trip to the playoffs since 2000.
Milano has clinched at least second place in District 25-A, behind Thrall who they w ill meet up with this weekend in a key matchup.
Despite rolling through their opponents, Milano has dropped two spots to No. 23 in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association poll.
The senior-laden team toppled Granger and Georgetown Gateway over the last week. Milano has now won six straight games.
In their last regular season road game, Milano made quick work of Granger on Tuesday, winning 25-10, 25-13, 25-11.
Veteran Lady Eagle head coach Wendy King said her team was ready and enthusiastic in Tuesday’s match.
“We played well against Granger. As good as we’ve played the whole time in district play. I was ver y pleased. Ever yone really played good but Desiree Adrian stood out to me as playing exceptionally well. She was a vocal leader and she passed the ball very well,” King said.
“She was hitting the ball hard and taking control of points. She contributes things many times that don’t show up in stats but she really stood out to me tonight. I like her attitude a lot.”
Adrian had four kills on the night.
Stonie Guthrie led the team in kills with 15, followed by Masey Turnage with 14 kills and three aces. Libero Kiersten Bastow had two digs and one assists.
The Lady Eagles easily defeated district foe Georgetown Gateway on Saturday 25-9, 25-6, 25-13 at Geneva Paceley Gym. This victory secured Milano of a postseason berth.
Taryn Love had six aces on the day to lead the team from the line, followed by Stephanie Philpott with five. Allison Dodd had 21 assists in the match. Brittany Bullock recorded two kills and three aces.
Milano will face off against district leading Thrall on Saturday at Geneva Paceley Gym.
The last time these two teams faced of f on Sept. 28 at the Tigerettes Gym, they snapped the Lady Eagles’ 25 consecutive district game winning streak.
It was the Lady Eagles’ first district loss since 2007. There are three games set for Saturday with the first serve set at 1 p.m.
For t he la st t wo se a son s, Milano was district champions. They were knocked out of the playoffs in 2008 and 2009 in the regional quarterfinals round by Cayuga.
The team’s best showing was in 2005 at the end of a fouryear run at the state tournament where they finished as silver medalist to Class A powerhouse Windthorst and a 40-5 record.