Lady Eagles rally for victory over Lady Dogs in district play

Second round of district play gets underway
BY MARIE BAKKEN
Reporter Staff Writer


Thorndale’s Shelbie Schneider works for one of her eight digs Tuesdasy night in the Lady Dogs’ District 16A win over Holland that kept them in the playoff hunt. 
Reporter/ Teresa Ging Thorndale’s Shelbie Schneider works for one of her eight digs Tuesdasy night in the Lady Dogs’ District 16A win over Holland that kept them in the playoff hunt. Reporter/ Teresa Ging The No. 5 Milano Lady Eagles remain atop the District 16A standings with wins over Bartlett and Thorndale to begin the second round of league play.

Mi la no (26 - 4 , 9 - 0) swept Bartlett on Tuesday night at Geneva Paceley Gym, winning 25-7, 25-10, 25-7.

Myka Morehead led the way with 23 kills, one ace and a dig, followed by Keely LaGrone with four kills and one ace. Cashlyne Blake put up 14 assists and two digs, with Naomi Graham and Megan Pendergrass adding seven assists each. Graham also had one dig. Halle McManess recorded three kills, three digs and one assist and Kelly Wadlington added one dig.

Milano’s JV was also impressive with a win over Bartlett 25-3, 25-1. Kelsey Dees had 18 service points in the first game and Bayle Bode 23 service points in the second game.


Naomi Graham dished off seven assists in the No. 5 ranked Lady Eagles’ win over Bartlett Tuesday that kept them unbeaten in district play. 
Reporter/Holly Jentsch Naomi Graham dished off seven assists in the No. 5 ranked Lady Eagles’ win over Bartlett Tuesday that kept them unbeaten in district play. Reporter/Holly Jentsch Thorndale

Thorndale’s (9-15, 5-4) playoff hopes hinged on their game at Holland on Tuesday night, but the Lady Dogs managed to pull off the marathon match, winning 17-25, 24-26, 25-22, 25-17, 15-13.

That puts them tied for the third place spot with Holland in D istrict 1 6A b ehind M ilano and Thrall. Just three teams make the postseason in Class A volleyball.

Emily Churchman led Thorndale with 22 kills and 22 digs and was complimented by Kamryn Holder’s 36 assists and seven aces. Kailey Cargill added 11 kills and 11 digs and Peytyn O’Campo pulled up 21 digs.

Shelbie Schneider and Emily Garza each added eight digs and Shelby Anders pulled up six digs. Megan Cuba also had six digs, Savannah Driver four kills and Madison Kropp three digs.

Cross county showdown

The Lady Eagles and Lady Dogs opened up the second round of District 16A play on Saturday against each other at Bulldog Gym.

The Lady Dogs came out playing the Lady Eagles close and took the first set of the match 26- 24. The Milano found its grove and took the next three games 25-12, 25-15, 25-15.

The win ended a four game winning streak by Thorndale.

Milano was working a new rotation and Lady Eagles head coach Wendy King says it still needs some work.

“We were all a little tight and I think the girls were uneasy but relaxed towards the middle of the match and played better,” King said. “I thought we played pretty good just got off to a slow start.”

Myka Morehead led the team with 28 kills and 17 digs. Halle McManess added seven kills, 13 digs and three blocks, with Kelly Wadlington pulling out 22 digs.

Cashlyne Blake had 25 assists and eight digs and Megan Pendergrass 10 assists and six digs. Keely LaGrone put down eight kills and seven digs and Naomi Graham six assists, five digs and one kill.

Lady Dogs head coach Lisa Coelho is trying to keep her team focused on a complete game.

“They are working very hard and improving all the time, but we still make our share of mistakes. Those mistakes seem to snowball and then we dig a hole so deep for our selves that we can’t get out,” Coelho said. “The girls were up for the Milano game and I’m very proud of how we played the first game. Disappointed of course with the outcome. I’m still trying to figure out how to teach them to not get rattled and stay focused and determined.”

Emily Churchman led Thorndale’s effort with 23 kills and 35 digs. Peytyn O’Campo pulled out 33 digs and Shelbie Schneider 17 digs.

Kamryn Holder added 23 assists and Shelbi Anders 11 digs. Megan Cuba recorded nine digs.

Kailey Cargill put down six kills and nine digs, with Emily Garza recording seven digs, Savannah Driver three kills and Madison Kropp three digs.

Milano’s junior varsity also defeated Thorndale 25-22, 25-19.


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