Lady Buffs excel on senior night

By DALLAS COOK
STAR Staff

   It was senior night for the Milligan College volleyball squad as the Buffaloes took on the Lady Pioneers of Tusculum College in non-conference action.
   In the final home game of the season, Milligan (22-12) went on to defeat the Pioneers (21-15) in four matches as the Buffaloes won in sets of 32-20, 25-30, 30-27 and 30-23.
   "I think we played pretty well," said Milligan coach Debbie Cutshall. "We had a hard time finishing the matches, but overall we played pretty well."
   Milligan took the first set but it didn't come easy as the Pioneers fought back from a 28-22 deficit to tie it at 28-28 before the Buffaloes took the set.
   "The last three weeks we've really improved on our defense," said Cutshall. "We're moving around all the time and I'm pleased with that."
   In the second match the Pioneers outplayed Milligan as they won the set by 30-25 due to the play of Jaime Johnson and Johanna Ratiff.
   The Buffaloes won sets three and four by a close margin but were able to hold off Tusculum and collect the win by three games to one.
   "Everytime we get a lead we get relaxed," Cutshall said. "I told them not to get relaxed and to finish up the game."
   For Milligan, Wendy Weaver was tops as she finished the night with 15 kills. Freshman Sarah Beair also turned in a stellar performance with 30 assists while teammates Nikki Crouch (25 digs) and Christina Medlin (two blocks) added to the Buffalo cause.
   Milligan will now prepare for the upcoming AAC (Appalachian Athletic Conference) tournament, which will take place Friday and Saturday with times and place to be announced.
   "We're going to continue to work on what we've been working on," said Cutshall. "We'll work on our defense and passing, our offense just comes with that."