Lady Eagles go unscathed in first half of district spike play

Thorndale reels off four straight, playoff possibilities in sight
BY MARIE BAKKEN
Reporter Staff Writer


Kailey Cargill pulled the trigger on 7 kills in a win over Buckholts. 
Reporter/Teresa Ging Kailey Cargill pulled the trigger on 7 kills in a win over Buckholts. Reporter/Teresa Ging The No. 5 Milano Lady Eagles extended their winning streak to eight as they took care of district opponents Georgetown Gateway and No. 14 Thrall over the week.

The Lady Eagles are now 24-4 on the year and 7-0 after the first round of District 16A action.

In a Tuesday road game, the Lady Eagles swept Gateway in straight sets 25-5, 25-7, 25-10.

Myka Morehead led the way with 10 kills, three digs, one block and one ace. Halle McManess followed with six kills, two digs and a block.

Setters Naomi Graham and Cashlyne Blake put up 12 assists each. Graham added two kills and a block, with Blake adding three digs, a block and an ace.

Keely LaGrone added five kills and one dig and Camille Messer put down four kills and five digs. Kelly Wadlington had two digs and Megan Pendergrass had a dig and an assist.


Halle McManess pounded out 12 kills and logged 10 digs in the Lady Eagles’ two district victories. 
Reporter/Holly Jentsch Halle McManess pounded out 12 kills and logged 10 digs in the Lady Eagles’ two district victories. Reporter/Holly Jentsch WEEKEND WARRIORS— The Lady Eagles faced a very tough match and opponent on Saturday at Geneva Paceley Gym as they fought the Thrall Tigerettes in a five-game marathon match for the district lead.

Thrall took the f irst game 25- 20, but the Lady Eagles battled back to win game two handily 25-14.

Thrall used its short sets and middle hitters to rattle the normally tight Milano defense to take game three 25-22.

With their back against the wall, the Lady Eagles dug deep and came from behind to win game four 25-23.

Errors by the Tigerettes and steady play by Milano led the Lady Eagles to the deciding 15-13 win in game five.

Morehead led the team with 24 kills and 11 digs. She was complimented by McManess’s six kills, eight digs and one block and LaGrone’s seven kills and three digs. Libero Wadlington added 25 digs.

Blake put up 21 assists and three aces, with Graham adding nine assists and one kill. Messer put down five kills and one dig and Pendergrass and two digs and one ace.

The Lady Eagles will start the second round of league play as they travel to Thorndale on Saturday. They will then host Bartlett on Tuesday.

OUT FOR SEASON—Senior hitter Elizabeth Holt, who hadn’t had play time since late August is officially out for the season as she had knee surgery two weeks ago.

The Lady Eagles will start the second round of league play as they travel to Thorndale on Saturday. They will then host Bartlett on Tuesday.

Thorndale

The Thorndale Lady Dogs are on a four game winning streak, defeating two more district opponents over the week.

They currently sit just out of the post-season spots in fourth place in District 16A with the first round of league play under their belts.

Thorndale (8- 14, 3- 4) sit behind district leading Milano, Thrall and Holland.

The Lady Dogs defeated Buckholts on Tuesday night in Bulldog Gym winning in straight sets 25-19, 25-17, 25-17.

Emily Churchman led the way with 13 kills, 10 digs and seven aces, followed by Kailey Cargill with seven kills, three aces and three digs. Kamryn Holder put up 16 assists and three aces.

Savannah Driver had five digs and three aces. Peytyn O’Campo and Shelbi Schneider had six digs each, with O’Campo adding a kill.

Madison Kropp had three kills and two assists, Meagan Cuba two digs one assist, Emily Garza one kill and one assist and Shelby Anders one dig and one assist.

BEAT BARTLETT—On Saturday, the Lady Dogs snagged a road win at Bartlett, sweeping the Lassies 25-11, 25-16, 25-11.

Cargill pounded out nine kills and four digs to lead the Lady Dogs, with Garza hammering down eight kills. Holder put up 22 assists and five digs. O’Campo pulled up 10 digs and one assist.

Churchman had seven kills and 12 digs, while Driver had seven kills and seven digs. Cuba had three aces and two digs and Kropp had two kills and two aces.

Anders had four digs and Schneider had three digs. This was some of the first playing time back for Schneider since having her appendix removed earlier in the season.

Thorndale will open up the second half of district play on Saturday as the host No. 5 Milano. They will then travel to Holland on Tuesday in a key game for a playoff berth.


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