Lady Buffs bested by King in home finale




At first, it looked like the Milligan College Lady Buffaloes were going to make a strong charge at gaining the momentum during their final home match of the season.
However, the usually strong King College Lady Tornado overcame an early Milligan lead in the first game, stretched things out in the second and held off a late Lady Buff rally in the third to take a 3-0 (31-29, 30-22, 30-28) victory Tuesday night at the Steve Lacy Fieldhouse.
“It was a good match for us because of the competition between the two schools, which makes it more exciting to coach,” said Milligan coach Kim Hyatt. “I thought my girls played very well, especially as young as they are.”
“Sometimes we had four or five freshmen and a sophomore on the court,” she said. “We came out strong (with the momentum) and we played really quick. Then, we started letting their slowing (the game) down take an effect on us. So we didn’t play as fast as we usually play.”
“Defensively, we were up and down in spurts which cost us some key points at key times.”
Lauren Perrin and Rachel Bruce gave the Lady Buffs a tough time throughout the night. Perrin had 10 kills and 33 assists, while Bruce also added 10 kills with her 35 assists.
Lauren Carrico tallied nine kills for the Lady Tornado, while Erin Seaver contributed three aces.
For Milligan, Freshman Amanda Hyder led the match with 14 kills, with teammate Jamie Sly contributing 33 assists and 13 digs.
Tara Earhart had 15 digs for the Lady Buffaloes, and Alyssa Graber tallied two aces.
King caught a break in the first game when Hannah Wilcox came through with two big kills to overcome a Milligan lead and catch a break before taking the first set 31-29.
In the second game, King stretched out to an early four-point lead before swapping off with the Lady Buffaloes. The squad came through with two four-point stretches late to take the set by eight points.
Milligan fought hard at the beginning of the third game, coming from behind with five straight points to take a lead. King, however, responded with a five-point stretch of their own to even things back out.
The Lady Buffaloes took a four-point lead, but King rallied back late with two three-point stretches to claim the close two-point set and the match.
“I’m very pleased with my squad because they are young,” added Hyatt. “They have the potential to be awesome. Nothing against King, they have a good squad, but I think we were competitive against them. I think we have the opportunity to do well, and once we get our rhythm and get going, we’ll be fine.”
It was the last home match for senior Lindsey Wetherholt.
The Lady Buffaloes visit Tusculum Thursday night before participating in the AAC Tournament next week.