Thorndale, Milano battle it out for post-season designation
The Milano Lady Eagles and Thorndale Lady Dogs will be co-champions of District 16A— should Milano defeat Buckholts in a make up match on Thursday afternoon.
The game is set for 5 p.m. at Geneva Paceley Gym.
Should that happen, the Lady Eagles (26-6, 12-1) and Thorndale (24-5, 13-1) will play for seeding at 4:30 p.m. Friday in Granger.
Milano and the Lady Dogs split in their two match ups during league play.
The winner of Friday’s game will go as the first place team out of 16A and earn a bye in the first round of the state playoffs.
The loser will go as the second place team and begin bi-district play early next week.
Granger and Thrall were tied for third place and were to have played a tiebreaker on Tuesday night in Granger.
The winner is the third place representative for the district, while the loser’s season is over.
Milano took an early, unexpected exit in the playoffs last year, falling to Utopia in the first round.
Lady Eagles’ head coach Wendy King is trying to keep her team focused.
“We are continuing to practice hard this week and the girls are looking forward to starting the playoffs.,” she said. “I am expecting that they will be ready to compete and we are talking daily about the fact that in the playoffs anybody can beat you because the intensity is magnified on every point and the team that handles that pressure best usually win.
“I know they were disappointed last year with the early exit in the first round so I hope they understand that only they can make that result different. The players on the floor make all the difference.”
Milano downed Georgetown Gateway on the road Saturday, sweeping them 25-5, 25-6, 25-5.
Stonie Guthrie and Myka Morehead led the Lady Eagles with 11 kills each. Elizabeth Holt added four kills. Keely LaGrone served up seven aces and one kill.
Hayleigh LaGrone set 12 assists and was complimented by Kiersten
Bastow’s 10 assists.
On Saturday, the Lady Dogs finished off their regular season by downing Buckholts in three sets 25-6, 25-4, 25-5.
Olivia Atkins and Tamicka Cook each recorded nine kills and were complimented by Heather Butterworth’s five kills and six aces.
Shelbie Maupin set 11 assists and had six aces and eight digs. Shelby Pausewang added 15 assists and two aces.
Kristen Butterworth served four aces with Kristen Garza, Taryne Betak and Marlene Hall adding two aces each.
Emily Churchman recorded three digs.