Lady Eagles battle it out at Cameron Tournament

Spikers dump Academy in home opener
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Junior Hayleigh Lagrone sets up a spike against Rosebud-Lott in the Cameron Tournament as Milano defeated the Lady Cougars. 
Reporter/Marie Bakken Junior Hayleigh Lagrone sets up a spike against Rosebud-Lott in the Cameron Tournament as Milano defeated the Lady Cougars. Reporter/Marie Bakken Milano defeated Academy on Tuesday night at Geneva Paceley Gym for Milano’s home opener of the young season.

The Lady Eagles (5-3) won in straight sets 25-20, 25-15, 25-16.

Senior Desiree Adrian led the team with nine kills, four digs and two aces, with fellow senior Brittany Barnett tagging six kills, four aces and two digs.

Juniors Stonie Guthrie and Raighley Shaw each smashed five kills. Guthrie added five digs, three aces, one assists and one block, with Shaw also serving up an ace.

Junior setter Kiersten Bastow had eight assists, one kill, one block and two aces, while fellow junio Hayleigh Lagrone recorded 12 assists and one kill. Libero Kelly Wadlington, a sophomore, had six digs.

CAMERON TOURNEY—“We did make stride this weekend... we have a lot of work to do and a lot of room for improvement,” Milano Lady Eagles head coach Wendy King said of her team’s play in the Cameron Tournament held Friday and Saturday. The girls went 3-3 over the weekend, losing to the host Lady Yoe in the third place game of the championship bracket.

The Lady Eagles won two of three games in the first day of the tournament, placing second and placing them in the championship bracket for Saturday.

Milano had to go to three games against Academy on Saturday morning before earning that victory 25-21, 23-25, 25-15. Then had to go up against Class 2A No. 10 state ranked Lago Vista, falling in three 13-25, 26-24, 18-25.

The Lady Eagles then fell to Cameron 21- 25, 25- 27 in the tournament’s third place game.

In pool play on Friday, Milano rallied to beat Rosebud-Lott in three, defeated district foe Holland in two and then fell to Cameron in two.

“I saw a lot of progress from day one to day two defensively. However, we are just making too many passing errors and giving away too many easy points,” King said. “That being said, the girls got some varsity games under their belt and made strides in adjusting to the faster speed of the varsity game.”

Milano’s roster garners just three girls who have ever played on the varsity level.

The Lady Eagles will be in tourney mode again this weekend as they travel to the Iola tournament on Thursday and Saturday. They will make a trip in between to face Jarrell on Friday.

Milano w ill then travel to Mumford on Tuesday, Aug. to begin a long road schedule. The Lady Eagles are due to play on their home court again until Tuesday, Sept. 13.

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