Lady Eagles dispose of Snook in first round
They now move on to face the Sabinal Lady Jackets on Thursday, Nov. 4 in Luling.
Milano (32-10) and Snook pounded it out early in the first set, before going up 8-7 and maintaining that lead and taking the first game 25-17.
Game t wo saw the Lady Eagles have trouble with their ser ve-receive, making bad passes.
Snook would go up 8- 6 before Milano would slowly edge away behind the defensive play of senior Allison Dodd who made some amazing digs and one block.
The Lady Blue Jays kept things close, event tying things up 20-20 late in the set. The Lady Eagles would take the set 25-20 after several Snook errors.
The final set saw the Lady Blue Jays take an early 5-1 lead, but Milano would battle back behind the arm of sophomore Stonie Guthrie who led the team with 13 kills.
The Lady Eagles would lead by as much as nine on their way to the 25-16 win, advancing them to the next round of the postseason.
Senior Masey Turnage had seven kills, while fellow senior Taryn Love had three. Junior Desiree Adrian had four kills and senior Brittany Bullock came off the bench to record two digs and an ace.
Senior setter Stephanie Philpott led the team with three aces and also had 14 assists. Libero Kiersten Bastow, a sophomore, also played well.
Milano was the second place finisher in District 25-A. Snook was the third place team out of 26-A after defeating Fayetteville in a tiebreaker on Friday.
Lady Eagles head coach Wendy King will take the “W” but noted her team did not perform at their best.
“We were a little flat but a win is a win,” King said. “It is one step further.” The Lady Eagles had played a match since is regular season finale loss to No. 3 Thrall at Geneva Paceley Gym on Oct. 23.
Milano’s next step will see them face District 28-A winner Sabinal in area round action. The two teams will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Luling High School.
Sabinal defeated D’Hanis in a five-game marathon match to take the district title last week, earning themselves a bye in the first round of the postseason.
In other 25-A bi-district playoff action, Holland, 25-A third place team, defeated 26-A runner up Burton on Tuesday. Thrall earned a bye in the bi-district round after winning the 25-A title.
This is the 10th consecutive year for Milano to reach the postseason, not missing the playoffs since 2000. For the last two seasons, Milano was knocked out of the playoffs in the regional quarterfinals round by Cayuga.
The Lady Eagles’ best showing was in 2005 at the end of a four-year run at the state tournament where they finished as silver medalist to Class A powerhouse Windthorst and a 40-5 record.