Lady Dogs dominate Mart to take first playoff step
The Lady Dogs took dow n Mart 25-16, 25-13, 25-13. Mart was the third place team out of District 15A.
Thorndale (25-6) will now take on Blum (31-9), champions of 13A and ranked No. 19, in an area playoff game at 7 p.m. Thursday at Waco University High School.
The Lady Dogs never lost the lead in the first two sets and survived several long rallies from the Lady Panthers’ defense.
In the third game, Mart tried to make a match of it, leading as much as 5-3 to starting things out. Thorndale found its composure behind hitter Tamicka Cook’s 16 kills on the night and finished the sweep.
Thorndale missed six serves on the night.
Cook had three blocks to compliment her team high 16 kills. Olivia Atkins added 14 kills and Heather Butterworth 10 kills and six digs. Taryne Betak added five kills and Kristen Butterworth three kills.
Shelbie Maupin set up 18 assists, had seven kills and six digs. Shelby Pausewang added 17 assists and three kills.
Marlene Hall served up six aces, including one for the final point of the match. Kristen Garza had two assists and Emily Churchman, the only non-senior on the Lady Dogs’ roster, had two digs. Churchman is a sophomore.
The Lady Dogs were co-champions with Milano in 16A, but loss a tiebreaker game on Friday at Granger to go into the post-season as the league’s second place team.
Thrall is the 16A third place representative and was to play Abbot, 15A runner up on Tuesday.
The Milano (28-6) win gave them a bye in the first round of the playoffs.
They will play Kerens, third place team out of 14A, at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Robinson Middle School gym.
Kerens defeated Kopperl on Tuesday night in bi- district action.
Thrall is the 16A third place representative and was to play Abbott, 15A runner up on Tuesday.
First place brawl
On Friday, the Lady Dogs and Lady Eagles played a tiebreaker game to decide the district playoff seedings as Thorndale fell to Milano in three straight sets, 25-22, 25-14, 25-16.
The Milano win gave them a bye in the first round of the playoffs.
“The girls came out and were focused on winning that game,” Lady Eagles Coach Wendy King said of her team in Friday’s match. “We played well. I thought we kept a lot of balls alive aned really worked hard.”
For Milano, junior Myka Morehead led the Lady Eagle squad with 15 kills and nine digs. Senior Stonie Guthrie added 13 kills and 11 digs. Elizabeth Holt had four blocks and Keely LaGrone added another stuff.
Hayleigh LaGrone set up 17 assists, with Kiersten Bastow putting up 10 assists and pulling out nine digs.
Libero Kelly Jo Wadlington had 13 digs, with Halle McManess adding two digs and Raighley Shaw served up one ace.
Milano is currently on a 14 game winning streak, not losing a set since that Sept. 4 district opening, five set loss to Thorndale.
For Thorndale, Atkins had 11 kills and seven blocks, with Heather Butterworth adding 12 kills, 10 digs and two blocks for Thorndale.
Cook added seven kills and three blocks, complimented by Kristen Butterworth’s six kills and nine digs. Maupin added 15 assists and four kills, with Pausewang setting 12 assists and putting down five kills.
Betak pounded three kills and Garza p ulled o ut fi ve d igs. H all added two kills Churchman one kill.
On Thursday, the Lady Eagles crushed the Buckholts Lady Badgers in a make-up game at Geneva Paceley Gym. The game was originally set for Oct. 6, but had to be rescheduled due to a family emergency with some of the Buckholts players. Milano took the match 25-3, 25-2, 25-6.
In the second game, Morehead had 16 straight service points.
Guthrie had 16 kills, followed by Keely LaGrone’s nine kills and Morehead’s seven kills. Bastow set up 21 assists, while Hayleigh LaGrone added eight.
Shaw added two aces, McManess two digs, Holt one kill and Wadlington one dig.
Milano (28-6) vs. Kerens, Thursday at Robinson Middle School, 6 p.m.
Thorndale (25-6) vs. Blum (31-9), Thursday at Waco University, 7 p.m.