Milano, Lady Dogs clinch playoff spots

Teams will most likely meet in tiebreaker match next week

Milano libero Kelly Wadlington, a junior, had 10 digs in the Lady Eagles’ straight set win over Thrall on Tuesday night. 
Photo courtesy ofGail Evans Photography Milano libero Kelly Wadlington, a junior, had 10 digs in the Lady Eagles’ straight set win over Thrall on Tuesday night. Photo courtesy ofGail Evans Photography MILANO—The No. 15 ranked Milano Lady Eagles (25-6, 11-1) celebrated senior night in a big way on Tuesday at Geneva Paceley Gym, by holding off Thrall in consecutive sets 25-14, 25-18, 26-24.

Myka Morehead had 13 kills and four digs in the win, while Stonie Guthrie added nine kills and six digs. Keely LaGrone recorded five kills and seven digs and Elizabeth Holt added four kills and three digs.

Hayleigh LaGrone set up 16 assists, with fellow setter Kiersten Bastow putting up 15 of her own.

Libero Kelly Wadlington pulled out 10 digs, with Halle McManess adding eight. Raighley Shaw served four aces.

Senior team members Bastow, Guthrie, Shaw, Hayleigh LaGrone, and Brianna Roth, along with manager Allyson Steinbecker were recognized prior to the game.

Milano’s road trip to Holland on Saturday was a quick one as the Lady Eagles overcame several hitting errors to win in straight sets 25-10, 25-17, 25-15.

Guthrie led the team with 11 kills a nd fi ve d igs. H olt, M orehead and Keely LaGrone each recorded four kills, with Morehead adding three aces.

Bastow set up 19 assists and four digs and Hayleigh LaGrone added seven assists. Wadlington had seven digs and McManess pulled out six digs.

With the wins the Lady Eagles have also clinched a playoff spot for the 13th consecutive season under head coach Wendy King.

The Lady Eagles will travel to face Georgetown Gateway to finish district play, should they win and the Thorndale Lady Dogs win, the two teams will be tied atop the league standings and will play for placement in the post-season.

Milano and Thorndale, who clinched a post-season spot after a two year absence in the playoffs, split during their meetings this season, each winning on their home courts.

Granger and Thrall are in a fight for the third place slot out of 16A.

Should Milano earn a piece or outright district title, it would be the 12th for King while at Milano.

The Lady Eagles are also trying to figure out if they have time to make up a game that was postponed on Oct. 6 by Buckholts. If they cannot reschedule, then Buckholts will be forced to forfeit.

THORNDALE—Thorndale’s No. 19 Lady Dogs volleyball team, have also clinched their playoff spot with wins over Granger and Bartlett over the week. They are now 23-5 on the season and 12-1 on in District 16A play.

In a road game Tuesday, Thorndale leveled Bartlett 25-11, 25-9, 25-13.

Olivia Atkins led team with nine kills and three blocks. Heather Butterworth and Tamicka Cook each added seven kills.

Shelby Pausewang had 15 assists and Shelbie Maupin added 10.

Kristen Butterworth served five aces, with Marlene Hall and Kristen Garza adding three each.

The Lady Dogs downed Granger on the road Saturday in straight sets, 25-19, 25-5, 25-20.

Cook pounded eight kills and fiveblocksinthewin. Shewas complimented by Atkins’ six kills and two blocks.

Maupin and Kristen Butterworth each recorded three kills, with Maupin adding 12 assists and Butterworth three digs.

Heather Butterworth had two kills and five digs, with Emily Churchman adding two kills and one dig.

Taryne Betak had one kill and one block and Garza had one kill and four digs. Pausewang added seven assists and two aces.

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