Milligan College routs Lady Cavaliers

By Travis Brown
STAR STAFF
tbrown@starhq.com

   The Milligan College Lady Buffaloes took an opportunity to play the entire roster Tuesday night, as they squared off against the Cavaliers of Montreat.
   The Buffs were simply to much for the struggling Cavaliers as the Buffs took home the victory 3-0 in the best of five contest. The match seemed more like a good scrimmage, as the Lady Cavs were just to weak up the middle to compete with the strong service play and tough front of the Lady Buffs.
   First year skipper Kim Hyatt sees the win as just anther step towards her improving program, "It was a slow paced game tonight," Hyatt said "Our defense and blocking improved tonight, and we've been working on that in practice."
   The Lady Buffs gradually pressed the attack and refused to allow the Lady Cavs a foothold in the opening game of the night. Out of the gate, Joy Dobbs and Christina Medlin's play at the net put Milligan in charge 10-4.
   A Montreat time-out allowed the Cavs to regroup and they scored a pair of points after the break, but the momentum would swing back to the Buffs as they took a 13-6 lead.
   Montreat would climb back one more time on Joy Ramsey's kill. Her slam pulled the Lady Cavs even at 15 all. From there on out it was all Milligan.
   Strong sets and improved passing re-established the Buffalo lead. Wendy Weaver would add three consecutive aces late in the first stanza to secure the 1-0 lead.
   The second game saw Hyatt head to the bench, as she began cycling in more athletes. Melanie Reed's spike put Milligan out front 17-11. Hyatt continued to press for more movement and communication and it paid off. Weaver would add an exclamation point near the end of the second game with a big kill to put the Buffs in firm control at 2-0.
   With momentum firmly on their side, the Buffs looked as if they would cruise to an easy win. Not before one last hurdle.
   Leading 2-love, the third game would see the Lady Buffs get somewhat complacent towards the end, as they allowed an early 16-4 lead melt away. Weaver contributed 6 aces in the set putting Milligan solidly in front.
   Montreat mustered one final rally behind the strong play of Ramsey, and Monica Hickman to pull within 4, 22-18.
   That was as close as it would come, after a time-out by Hyatt, Kills by Weaver and Lindsey Wetherholt would finish the deal for Milligan.
   The victory moves the Lady Buffs to 18-9 overall with a conference mark of 12-2.
   In the statistics category the Lady Buffaloes turned in an solid performance as Melody Black collected 12 digs and Sarah Beair recorded 15 assists. Medlin's 13 kills, along with Weaver's 9 aces and 10 team blocks finished off an impressive stat sheet.
   With another victory behind them, Hyatt was pleased that she could work on the team's depth, "I was happy to go through the roster tonight," Hyatt said "It's always good to play everybody."