Not so neighborly, Milano takes care of Lady Tigers
“ The girls are starting to step up. In our last tournament at Cedar Creek we made it to the consolation match by passing better and keeping our heads up,” head coach Jason Williams said. “We still have some work to do before district, but this performance at our last tournament really boosted our confidence in our teamwork and skills and that in turn will get us to the point we need to be when district arrives.”
On Thursday, the Lady Tigers fell to district foe Smithville in the Cedar Creek tourney 19-25, 14-25. They then came back to defeated Luling in three sets 21- 25, 25-19, 25-11. Victoria Drake and 10 kills and Marissa Mireles 15 assists in that game to lead Rockdale.
That moved the Lady Tigers to the consolation game where they fell in straight sets to host Cedar Creek 22-25, 19-25. Mireles had six assists, with Jill Young and Ashtyn Simank adding eight digs each to lead Rockdale.
In between tournament play on Friday, the Lady Tigers hosted Highway 79 and No. 20 Milano (14-8) at Tiger Gym, falling in straight sets 18-25, 16-25, 17-25.
Young led the way with six kills and Shelby Evans had three blocks.
Drake set up 10 assists and had 10 digs, with Morgan Laughlin adding two aces.
For Milano, Stonie Guthrie had 11 kills; Desiree Adrian nine kills, six digs and one block; Brittany Barnett three kills and three aces; Raighley Shaw one kill and three digs.
A lso, Hayleigh Lagrone 10 assists; Kiersten Bastow nine assists; Lyndsie Gray five digs and one ace; and Kelly Wadlington three digs.
Rockdale’s JV also fell to Milano on Friday 25-2, 25-16, while the Lady Tiger freshmen won 25-16, 25-18.
On Tuesday night, the Lady Tigers fell to Georgetown East View at Tiger Gym in straight sets 9-25, 24-26, 13-25.
Rockdale is now 5-13 on the season.
Vest led the team with three kills and three blocks. Drake recorded three aces and seven digs, while Young had seven digs and Bailey Pannell four assists.
Rockdale’s subvarsity teams didn’t fair well either, falling to Georgetown East as well. The freshmen lost in three sets and the junior varsity in two.
The Lady Tiger teams will face cross- county rival and No. 14 ranked 2A Cameron Lady Yoe on Friday night, coinciding with the annual Battle of the Bell football game.
Volleyball games will begin in Tiger Gym at 4:30 with freshmen in the old gym and junior varsity in the new gym. Varsity will follow the JV.
Rockdale has an open date on Tuesday, Sept. 13 and will host Class A Granger for three games on Saturday, Sept. 17 beginning at 11 a.m.
The Lady Tigers will then travel to Taylor on Tuesday, Sept. 20 in their final warm up before District 23-3A action begins.
After an open date Tuesday night, the Lady Eagles will open up District 25-A play on Saturday as they travel to Holland to face the Lady Hornets for games starting at 1 p.m.
Milano will then host Buckholts on Tuesday, Sept. 13 with game starting at 5 p.m. It will be the first home game for the Lady Eagles since Aug. 16.
Milano looks to reach the postseason for the 12th straight season behind veteran coach Wendy King, in her 18th season.
The Lady Eagles look to contend with Thrall for the district title and King thinks her team stands a good chance. Milano was second to Thrall last season.
“I think we have as good a chance as any other team to win the district. I think we will have some close games and there are probably three or four teams that have a chance to win this year. We are all really even I think,” King said of her 25-A competition.
Both Thrall and Milano, along with district foe Buckholts, have all been ranked in the top 20 of the Texas Girls Coaches Association Class A volleyball poll this season.
“I am confident that we have been working really hard since the season star ted. We have played a tough pre-season schedule with a lot of close matches,” King said. “We are going to scale it down this week and I think we are going to be ready to go Saturday.”
Milano will open up district play at home on Saturday against Holland. The game was originally set to be played in Holland but was changed.
The first of three games will begin at 10 a.m. It will be the first time the Lady Eagles will play in their home gym since Aug. 16.
Milano will then host Buckholts for two games beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13.