Milano takes battle of unbeatens
On Tuesday night at Geneva Paceley Gym, the No. 15 Milano Lady Eagles wanted it more.
They swept defending district champion and No. 25 Thrall in three sets 25-21, 25-17, 25-23 and move to 5-0 in league play and 20-8 on the season. Thrall is now 4-1 in district action.
Milano struggled with serves on the night missing at least 10, something that is usually not a problem for this team.
“Obviously serves were an issue which is a little out of character. We’ve had a few rough serving games but I don’t remember one that rough,” Lady Eagles veteran coach Wendy Kind said. “However, I have to give Lyndsie (Gray) credit. She struggled worst of all serving but stepped up under pressure on those last points. That was a big deal.”
A senior, Gray went to the service line in the third game with Milano trailing Thrall 20-23. She would serve the final five points for the win.
“I think the fact that we came through under pressure and made plays when we had to was a big positive for us. We are not always very mentally tough, but we came through it.”
Some of those big plays came from senior Desiree Adrian and junior Stonie Guthrie.
“Desiree hit a ball in the corner towards the end of that third game that was outstanding and probably won that game for us. That was a big time hit and great under pressure,” King said.
Guthrie led the team in kills with 19 and also had eight digs and two aces. Adrian had eight kills, seven digs, two aces and one assist.
Lyndsie Gray served up two aces to go with her four digs, while Brittany Barnett also had an ace, two kills and two digs.
Raighley Shaw had four aces, one kill and one dig and libero Kelly Wadlington snagged four digs.
Setters Kiersten Bastow and Hayleigh Lagrone set 15 and 11 assists, respectively. Bastow also added nine digs and Lagrone two blocks.
The Lady Eagles snagged a district road win in straight sets Saturday at Granger, winning 25- 13, 25-22, 25-10.
Stonie Guthried led the team with 17 kills and four digs. Desiree Adrian added three kills, nine digs and six aces.
Kiersten Bastow recorded six digs and 12 assists, with Hayleigh Lagrone setting 10 assists and Lyndsie Gray with two aces and three digs.
Milano are set to host Anderson Shiro on Friday in a nondistrict matchup. Games are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. The Lady Eagles will start the second round of 26-A action as they travel to Holland on Tuesday.
The No. 24 Thorndale Lady Dogs were upset on Tuesday night at Bulldog Gym in four sets to Lexington.
The Lady Dogs fell 24-26, 25- 21, 22-25, 23-25. The team is now 2-4 in 27-2A play and 19-11 on the year.
Defensively, libero Alex Guerra had a standout game with 40 digs. Marlene Hall also added 17 digs.
Heather Butterworth led the team in kills with 17 and Cara Goetz recorded eight, Oliv ia Atkins had seven kills and Tamicka Cook and Kristen Butterworth had four each. Atkins also had three blocks.
Shelbie Maupin set 28 assists. Thorndale fell on the road Saturday to No. 18 Cameron at Yoe Gym. The Lady Dogs took the first game 25-18, but then fell 20-25, 17-25, 22-25.
“We need to get our rhythm back like at the beginning of the season,” second year head coach Lisa Coelho said. “That winning streak felt good. We’ve just got to get back to that level of play.”
The Lady Dogs had an eight game winning streak going on in the month of August.
Heather Butterworth led the team in kills with 12 and digs with 27 against the Lady Yoe. Olivia Atkins added 11 kills and Shelbie Maupin set 32 assists.
Kristen Butterworth, Tamicka Cook and Cara Goetz each recorded a block.
Thorndale will host No. 13 Rogers on Friday to finish the first round of district play with games set to start at 4:30 p.m.
The Lady Dogs will then travel to No. 25 Florence on Tuesday to play the Lady Buffs. Thorndale won the first meeting of these two teams on Sept. 9.
The Lady Dogs are in a tough league with five teams ranked in the top 25 of Class 2A school’s in the Texas Girls Coaches Association poll this week.