Milford volleyball starts off busy week with 3-1 victory over Lake Forest

FELTON – Milford’s varsity girls’ volleyball squad has a busy week ahead.

Monday night’s three sets to one victory over Lake Forest marks the second straight win for Milford, allowing the team to improve to 6-3 on the season. But it also marks the beginning of a five-day span in which the Buccaneers will be playing four games.

The Buccaneers went into Monday’s match with confidence, having just shutout Woodbridge four days prior. Milford got off to a quick start, leading by as much 12 points in the opening set. But the Spartans, led by head coach Alison Lauber, made a furious attempt at a comeback, bringing the score to within one point (21-20), only to fall 25-20.

The confidence from the Spartans squad carried over into the next set, as they cruised to a 25-14 win in the second set to tie the score up at one set apiece.

“On the second set they weren’t talking to each other, and you could tell,” Milford head coach Lauren Bailey said regarding her team’s second set loss. “So I just told them to just get back to what they did on the first set. Talk to each other, and let everyone on the court know where the ball is going.”

Following the set break Milford went back out and took command with a nine-point lead, only for the Spartans to once again make a comeback attempt and keep the set interesting. With six straight points from the Spartans, they brought the match to win three points, 23-20, but Milford finished strong with a 25-21 third set win.

The Spartans showed fatigue in the fourth set, losing an early lead and eventually falling 25-17, giving the Buccaneers a three sets to one match victory. The loss drops the Spartans to 3-6 on the season, and extends its current losing streak to four games.

Senior Kim Johnson was making her return to the court after missing time with a concussion, as she registered five kills, four aces and three digs against the Spartans.

“She did great,” Coach Bailey said. “I feel like she brought the team back together as a whole and was really leading the talking.”

Seniors Madison Rogers and Genesis Chamberlayne tied for the Bucs’ team lead in kills, with seven each, while Madison added 16 assists.

Milford will hit the road to take on Smyrna at 5 p.m. Tuesday, before playing host to McKean and St. Thomas More on Thursday and Friday.

Sports editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com

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