No. 5 Milano thwarted by Thrall to form a log jam at the net
The Tigerettes (27-9, 12-1) took game one 25-20, then Milano rebounded to win game two 25-19.
The Lady Eagles (29-5, 12-1) were then plagued by service and passing errors, falling in the next two games 23-23, 18-25.
“I feel we really didn’t start to play until about halfway through the second game,” Milano head coach Wendy King said. “Thrall is really good and they make you keep playing the ball.”
“We missed too many serves and had a lot of miscommunication early,” King added.
Kelly Wadlington led Milano’s effort with 30 digs on the night, followed by Myka Morehead’s 16 kills and 19 digs. Cashlyne Blake put up 18 assists and 15 digs and Megan Pendergrass tallied 13 assists and four digs.
Keely LaGrone had nine kills and four digs, Halle McManess had six kills, 11 digs and two blocks and Naomi Graham added three kills, five digs and a block.
The loss now ties Milano and Thrall atop the District 16A standings. Both have clinched a playoff spot, but who represents the district as the first place team and earns an opening round bye has yet to be determined.
Milano still faces Georgetown Gateway on Saturday, with Thrall having to play Holland. Should both win, then a playoff for seating would more than likely take place early next week.
On Saturday, the Lady Eagles swept Holland at Geneva Paceley Gym 25-15, 25-14, 25-14.
Morehead led the way with 17 kills and nine digs. McManess added six kills, five digs and an ace.
Pendergrass added 13 assists, two kills and a block. Blake put up 12 assists, two digs, an ace and a kill. Graham put down five kills, three assists, four digs and an ace, LaGrone had two kills and a dig. Wadlington added seven digs.
Milano will finish out its regular season on Saturday as it host Georgetown Gateway.
The Thorndale Lady Dogs kept their playoff hopes alive, taking down Bartlett in three sets 25-8, 25-14, 25-16 Tuesday night at Bulldog Gym in the Thorndale’s possible last home game of the regular season.
Thorndale (12-16, 8-5) needs to beat Buckholts on the road Saturday to force a tiebreaker with Holland for the final playoff spot in 16A. Milano and Thrall have clinched the top two positions.
Emily Churchman tallied 14 kills and 10 digs, with Savannah Driver adding seven kills and eight digs against Bartlett.
Kamryn Holder had 17 assists, six digs and six aces. Shelbi Schneider added 12 digs and two kills. Shelby Anders pulled up five digs and Peytyn O’Campo had three digs. Madison Kropp put up two assists and one kill.
Kailey Cargill had two kills and one ace. Emily Garza had three digs and one solo block.
The Lady Dogs out lasted Granger on Saturday during the teams’ annual “pink out” game at Bulldog Gym. The two teams combined to raise $400 that was donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Thorndale defeated the Lady Lions 25-12, 17-25, 25-10, 26-24.
Churchman led the Lady Dogs with 21 kills and four digs. She was followed by Cargill with 10 kills and Holder with 24 assists.
O’Campo pulled out six digs and four aces and Schneider five digs. Cuba added three digs and three aces, with Garza putting down two kills and two assists.
Kropp had three assists and two digs, Anders two digs and Driver one kill and one ace.