Thorndale clinches berth; Thrall handles Lady Eagles

Spike playoffs get underway in earnest next week
BY MARIE BAKKEN
Reporter Staff Writer


Emily Churchman pounded out 23 kills, 19 digs and three aces in the Lady Dogs’ playoff clinching victory over Holland. 
Reporter/Teresa Ging Emily Churchman pounded out 23 kills, 19 digs and three aces in the Lady Dogs’ playoff clinching victory over Holland. Reporter/Teresa Ging The Thorndale Lady Dogs clinched a postseason berth with a “play in” victory at Holland on Tuesday.

The two teams were tied for the third place spot in District 16A and had to play each other with the winner going to the playoffs and the loser’s season coming to an end.

The Lady Dogs (14-16, 10-5) won 25-16, 18-25, 25-17, 26-24.

Thorndale will play either Mart or Abbott, which ever of the two are the second place team out if District 15A, in bi-district early next week.

At Reporter press time, the time or place of the game had yet to be decided.

Against Holland, Emily Churchman pounded out 23 kills, 19 digs and three aces. Kailey Cargill put down 16 kills and 10 digs.

Kamryn Holder put up 33 assists and nine digs. Savannah Driver added four kills and a block. M adison K ropp h ad fi ve aces and five digs. Meagan Cuba had two aces and seven digs.

Peytyn O’Campo had 17 digs and a kill. Shelbi Schneider had eight digs and an ace. Shelby Anders had seven digs and Emily Garza had five digs.

The Lady Dogs took down Buckholts on the road Saturday finish out their regular schedule, winning 25-21, 25-22, 25-3.

Churchman had seven kills and eight digs to lead Thorndale. Cargill pounded six kills and Holder put up 11 assists.

Schneider had 10 digs and an ace and Driver had three aces and three digs. Kropp had one dig, Anders and O’Campo each had four digs.

Milano

No. 19 Milano and No. 10 Thrall faced off in Granger on Tuesday night in a game for postseason seedings, as the teams were tied atop the league standings and are co-district champions.

In a marathon match the teams went five set with Milano (30-6, 13-2) falling in the end. The Lady Eagles dropped the first two very close sets 23-25 and 27-29.

Milano then found its rhythm and took game three 25-13.

With their back still up against the wall, the Lady Eagles rallied from 13-22 to take game four 27-25.

In the final game, Thrall took an early lead at 5-4 and never lost it, winning 12-15.

The win gives Thrall a bye in the first round of the playoffs.

Milano will now face Chilton, the third place team out of 15A in the bi-district early next week.

Against Thrall, Myka Morehead led the way for Milano with 23 kills and 26 digs. Halle McManess added 13 kills, 31 digs and a block.

Kelly Wadlington pulled out 38 digs, with Cashlyne Blake adding 28 assists and 10 digs.

Naomi Graham added 19 digs, seven assist, five kills and a block. Megan Pendergrass had 13 assists, 12 digs, three blocks, two kills and an ace. Keely LaGrone added nine digs and 11 kills.

For the Tigerettes, Chelsea Seggern had 15 kills and Kelsey Faykus 12 kills.

Milano finished out its regular season on Saturday with a three game sweep over Georgetown Gateway at Geneva Paceley Gym.

The Lady Eagles won 25-13, 25-13, 25-14, in a game where senior libero Kelly Wadlington was recognized along with fellow seniors injured reserve Elizabeth Holt and managers Maggie Barnett, Shelbi Davenport and Nikki Herring.

Morehead led the way with 11 kills and eight digs. LaGrone added eight kills, as did McManess, who also pulled up 10 digs.

Blake put up 15 assists and four digs. Graham had six assists and six digs. Pendergrass had seven assists, six digs and an ace. Wadlington had 10 digs.


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