Milano opens second half with road victory
The 22-8, 7-0 Lady Eagles are now on a nine game winning streak.
It took Milano four sets to take the match from the Lady Hornets, winning 25-19 25-18, 22-25, 25-14.
“The game was very competitive. Holland was really out to get us,” Lady Eagles head coach Wendy King said. The girls held it together a f ter we lo s t game three and put together a solid game four.”
She noted senior hitter Brittany Barnett and sophomore libero Kelly Wadlington as “consistent” and “solid” players in Tuesday’s win.
Stonie Guthrie paced the team with 16 kills, followed by Desiree Adrian with 12 kills, seven aces and 11 digs.
Raighley Shaw recorded four kills, two blocks and one ace, with Barnett tagging two kills, one block and three digs.
Kiersten Bastow set 18 assists and had 16 digs, while Hayleigh Lagrone added 14 assists. Wadlington had 17 digs and Lyndsie Gray recorded four digs and one ace.
“I am real proud of our team for going undefeated through the first round. We still have to go to Thrall which I know will be a tough match,” King said. “I don’t know if we are becoming more mentally tough but I do think we are starting to believe that we are supposed to win. Close games have been going our way lately and that breeds confidence.”
King said the girls still have room for improvement.
“We need to improve our serving percentage, but I am very happy where we are now.”
The Lady Eagles pulled out a tough match on Friday in nondistrict action.
Milano topped Anderson-Shiro at Geneva Paceley Gym in four sets 25-19, 16-25, 25-16, 25-23.
The second set in the match was the first set that the Lady Eagles had lost in their current winning streak.
Guthrie and Adrian were big at the net and Gray helped close out the final game again on the service line.
Gray served the final five points in the Lady Eagles’ three set sweep of district foe Thrall on Sept. 27.
She served points 21 through 24, with Adrian at the service line for the final point.
Guthrie led the team in kills with 13 and also had nine digs, two aces and a block.
Adrian had nine kills, 12 digs (a team high), and also two aces and a block. Gray had four digs and an ace.
Wadlington had 11 digs; Shaw had four kills, four digs, one ace and one block; and Barnett one kill and two digs.
Setters Lagrone and Bastow had a product ive night too. Lagrone had 14 assists and four digs. Bastow set seven assists, had six digs and one ace.
Milano will travel to face Buckholts on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. The Lady Eagles will then host Bartlett on Tuesday with games starting at 5 p.m.