After another second place finish, Lady Eagles move up to No. 8

Thorndale takes the week off, will play in Rockdale

Elizabeth Holt posted nine kills and three digs in Milano’s victory over Mumford Tuesday. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Elizabeth Holt posted nine kills and three digs in Milano’s victory over Mumford Tuesday. Reporter/Bill Martin Another tournament, another second place trophy and now, a No. 8 state ranking.

The Milano Lady Eagles (10- 3) reached their second straight championship match of their second tournament over the weekend, but fell to No. 4 Iola in the Lady Bulldogs’ invitational.

Milanoisnowrankedinthe top ten of the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s Class A state volleyball poll.

Water Valley holds the top spot, followed by Round Top-Carmine, Jewett Leon. Burton is at No. 5, followed by Wink and Avery.

At No. 9 is Miles and then Windthorst. Iola went undefeated on its way to its own tourney title.

The Lady Eagles fell to the Lady Bulldogs Saturday in straight sets 16-25, 10-25. Guthrie had 10 kills, followed by Morehead with nine.

Earlier that day, Milano defeated Iola’s junior varsity squad in the tournament semifinals 25-16, 25-3. Guthrie recorded nine kills and Bastow put up 11 assists.

Milano opened up tourney play on Thursday taking three sets to beat Weimar, 19-25, 25-23, 26-24. Guthrie had 20 kills followed by Morehead with 14.

Setters Hayleigh LaGrone and Kiersten Bastow had 17 and 15 assists, respectively.

Libero Kelly Wadlington snagged 14 digs and Halle McManess had 15 digs. Elizabeth Holt added six digs and two aces.

In between tournament days, Mi lano defeated Jar rel l in straight sets at Geneva Paceley Gym on Friday, winning 25-17, 25-21, 25-19.

Myka Morehead led the way with 13 kills and 12 digs, followed by Stonie Guthrie with 10 kills and two blocks. Bastow recorded 11 assists and one block and LaGrone put up 14 assists.


Milano hosted Mumford on Tuesday night at Geneva Paceley Gym winning in straight sets 25-19, 25-12, 25-20.

It was an ugly win with several passing errors committed by the Lady Eagles.

Guthrie recorded 17 kills and seven digs, followed by Holt with nine kills and three digs.

Bastow put up 12 assists. Morehead had five kills and five digs, with McManess putting up four kills, seven digs and two blocks.

Wadlington moved from her normal libero position to setter for the Mumford game for LaGrone who was out sick.

She recorded 14 assists and five digs.

The team will participate in the Robinson Tournament on Thursday and Saturday.

Pool play on Thursday will see Milano play Bruceville–Eddy, China S pring a nd Hubbard. O n Friday, the Lady Eagles will host Normangee with the serve set for 4 p.m.


The Lady Dogs took the week off and will participate in the Rockdale Tournament this weekend.

They will open up pool play at 11:45 a.m. Thursday against Austin Royals. They will also play Granger, Lanier, Rockdale and Anderson-Shiro during pool play.

They will host Austin Travis on Friday night at Bulldog Gym before return to Rockdale on Saturday to finish up tourney play.

The Austin Travis game was originally scheduled for Tuesday night, but was moved to Friday.


District 16A play will get underway on Tuesday, Sept. 4 when Thorndale hosts Milano in the first game of this season’s Milam County rivalry.

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