Second-seeded Milton sweeps Beloit Memorial
Milton made quick work of Beloit Memorial on Thursday in a WIAA Divisional 1 regional semifinal volleyball match.
The second-seeded Red Hawks, despite some sloppy play the first two games, swept the Purple Knights 3-0. Milton won 25-15, 25-15, 25-4.
Milton hosts No. 10-seeded Badger High in a regional title match Saturday night. The Badgers defeated No. 7-seeded Fort Atkinson 3-2 on Thursday night.
Beloit never threatened in all three games, as Milton used run after run to pull away in each game.
Milton coach Wayne Hansen was pleased with the win, but knows his team has to shore things up in a few areas.
“That’s why I took a timeout in the second game,” Hansen said. “We were playing too sloppy and that’s what I told the girls. Yes, we were winning at the time, but they have to realize that it’s going to get much tougher every match.
“You can’t play down to someone’s level, especially in the tournament. I think the girls realized that and picked it up after that timeout.”
Milton raced out to a 13-5 lead in Game 1 thanks to back-to-back aces by Emma Sullivan. Beloit got no closer than six after that, with the game ending on a service error.
Game 2 saw Beloit take an early 5-3 lead before Milton took over. A 5-0 run and a 6-0 run eventually gave the Red Hawks a 16-7 lead. Back-to-back kills by Ashley Didelot and Courtney Knutson ended the game. Didelot finished with a match-high nine kills.
Milton rolled in Game 3. Emma Martin, who finished with eight aces, served the first 10 points to make it 10-0.
Leading 15-4, Skyler Salter served the last 10 points to give Milton the lopsided 25-4 win. Beloit had no answer for Milton’s front line.
With Badger High up next, Hansen is confident his team will step up its game. Milton defeated the Badgers 3-0 during the regular season.
“I think we’re properly seeded at No. 2,” Hansen said. “When we play good, we’re tough to beat. I think we got the tournament jitters out of the way tonight. Saturday, we should be good to go.”
MILTON 3, BELOIT MEMORIAL 0
Beloit Memorial 15 15 4
Milton 25 25 25
Milton leaders: Aces—Emma Martin 8. Kills—Ashley Diderot 9. Assists—Martin 10.