In their strongest form of the season, the Milton volleyball team dominated Monroe at home on Thursday with a dominant 3-0 victory. The previous Tuesday, the Red Hawks took fifth in an invite at La Follette.

Milton 3, Monroe 0

The Red Hawks started relentlessly, racing to a 13-0 lead before the Cheesemakers found a way on the board, but by then it was too late. Monroe ultimately secured five points in the opening game as Milton won it 25-5.

Senior Skyler Salter instigated the 13-point string to open the match. Head coach Wayne Hansen credited her with running a “flawless offense.”

The Cheesemakers put up a stronger fight in the second, but still were of little match for Milton. Monroe stayed close at 6-4, but Milton broke away quickly to a 17-8 lead before closing out the second game with eight straight points, 25-8.

The third game was the closest and most competitive. Milton ran out to a quick 9-3 lead before jumping ahead even further to 21-9. But the Cheesemakers offered some late-stage resistance before Milton closed it out 25-14 for their first home win of the season.

“We dominated,” Hansen said. “(We) played like I knew we could. This is how we should be playing, but (I) know every match will not go this way. We will play tougher competition, and win or lose, we need to play the way we are capable”

Hansen said a strong win was what the team needed.

“We needed a match like this after two tough losses where we did not play well (Watertown) and did not finish (Waunakee),” he said. “This match gave a lot of our girls more confidence.

La Follette

Taking part in an invite at La Follette on Aug. 28, the Red Hawks started strong with three straight wins — 25-15, 25-20 over La Follette; 25-14, 25-12 over Edgerton and 25-19, 25-12 over West DePere. Milton found trouble in their fourth match of the day, falling to Ashwaubenon 20-25, 21-25. In the fourth-place match, facing Waunakee, the Red Hawks dropped the opening game 25-22 before storming back to take the second 25-16. But Milton was unable to sustain their momentum, falling 15-12 to take fifth place on the tournament.

Courtney Knutson led the team 38 kills, with Chloe Buescher having 27 and Abbey Falk with 17. Jordan Karlen served 7 aces on the night while Salter hit 4. Falk led with 14 blocks, while Emily Zastoupil had 11 and Knutson 10.

The Red Hawks take on Monona Grove Thursday before taking part in the Janesville Parker Invite on Saturday.

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