No. 11 Lady Eagles clinch share of district crown

Milano currently owners of a 13- game win streak

Brittany Barnett pulled the trigger on four kills in Milano’s win over Gate way. 
Reporter/Marie Bakken Brittany Barnett pulled the trigger on four kills in Milano’s win over Gate way. Reporter/Marie Bakken MIL A NO—The No. 11 Lady Eagles clinched at least a share of the District 25A title with a win over Granger on Tuesday night at Geneva Paceley Gym. It is the 11th district title for coach Wendy King in her 18 years as head volleyball coach at Milano.

The Lady Eagles (26-8, 9- 0) are currently on a 13-game winning streak.

Milano took down the Lady Lions in straight sets on “Pink Out” and “Senior Night” 25-13, 25-18, 25-25.

Stonie Guthrie, a junior, had nine kills and a block to lead the squad. Senior Desiree Adrian had six kills, six aces and four digs.

Senior Brittany Barnett and junior Raighley Shaw each recorded four kills, with Shaw adding six aces.

Sophomore libero Kelly Wadlington had seven digs and four aces, with senior Lyndsie Gray adding three digs.

Junior Kiersten Bastow set 13 assists and had three kills, while fellow junior Hayleigh Lagrone had seven assists and a block.

The Lady Eagles got an easy road win on Saturday at Georgetown Gateway. Milano took the match in straight sets 25-8, 25-8, 25-1. That victory secured Milano’s spot in the post-season.

Guthrie recorded 10 kills on the night and Adrian had seven kills and five aces.

Barnett had four kills and Shaw served two aces. Setters Bastow and Lagrone had 10 and 9 assists, respectively.

Milano will travel to face Thrall on Saturday with an outright district title on the line in the Lady Eagles’ final regular season game. Games starting at 1 p.m.

The L ady Eagles defeated Thrall in straight sets on Sept. 27 when the two teams met in the first round of district action.

That loss is the only mark on Thrall’s league record. Should Milano lose on Saturday, the two teams would share the district title and have to play a deciding game for seeding in the post-season. Granger is currently holding at third in the league standings.

The Lady Eagles finished second to Thrall in district last year and advanced all the way to the regional quarterfinals where they lost to eventual Class A state champion and powerhouse Round Top-Carmine.

Milano hasn’t missed the playoffs in the last 12 years. Their last district title was in 2009.

The best showing for a Lady Eagle volleyball squad 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.

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