No. 7 Lady Eagles sweep out Rosebud-Lott at home
Junior Myka Morehead led the way with 15 kills and 10 digs. Sophomore Keely LaGrone added four kills, two aces and one dig. Freshman Camille Messer put down two kills and one block and junior Halle McManess added one kill, one ace and two digs.
Cashlyne Blake put up 13 assists and had one dig, with Naomi Graham adding 13 assists as well and two digs. Both are freshmen. Libero Kelly Wadlington, a senior, had seven digs.
TOURNEY TIME—The Lady Eagles (14-3 overall) went 4-1 in the 32-team Robinson tournament over the weekend.
Milano opened up play on Saturday in the 16-team gold bracket with a 25-14, 25-13 win over Salado.
Morehead led the way with 12 kills and two digs. Messer and McManess each had three kills and Wadlington added seven digs.
Graham put up eight assists and was complimented by Blake’s six assists and seven digs.
The Lady Eagles then fell to West in straight sets 22-25, 23-25.
Morehead had eight kills and 10 digs in the effort. Messer and LaGrone added two kills each and Wadlington pulled up 11 digs.
Graham had seven assists and five digs, with Blake adding four assists and four digs.
The Lady Eagles swept through pool play on Thursday taking down Waco Connelly 25-17, 25-11; Gateway JV 25-13, 25-14 and Hillsboro 25-14, 25-12.
Messer had six kills and Blake nine assists in the Connelly game. Morehead had seven kills, Graham eight assists and Wadlington five digs in the Gateway match up. Against Hillsboro Morehead had 11 kills and six digs, Blake 10 assists and Wadlington five digs.
In between tourney days, Milano got a real road test, taking five games to defeat No. 13 Normangee. The Lady Eagles were down two sets to none with Normangee taking then first two 23-25, 21-25.
But Milano buckled down and took the next two 25-23, 25-21 and then the final set 16-14.
Morehead led the way with 23 kills and 13 digs. Messer added 10 kills, six digs and five blocks. Wadlington pulled out 26 digs.
Graham and Blake each had 20 assists, with seven and four digs, respectively.
McManess put up seven kills and 16 digs with LaGrone adding three kills and two blocks.
Milano will play in the Snook tournament over the weekend before starting up District 16 play next week.
Lady Eagles head coach Wendy King said that from day one to now her team has gotten better, but will need to continue to fight to be successful.
“I think we show growth at times and we look immature at times. Hopefully, as we start district play, they will get it together and work it out,” King said. “We had a little ‘mental’ conditioning session this week to remind them how Milano volleyball is expected to play.”
The Lady Eagles will host Thorndale on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The two teams split during the regular season in 2012 and had to have a one-game playoff for post-season spots. Milano won that match and went as the first place representative for the district and Thorndale went as the second place team.
Another district foe, Thrall, is ranked No. 14 in this week’s Texas Girls Coaches Association’s Class A poll. They won the Rockdale tournament over the weekend.