Earning an important Badger Conference win Thursday, the Milton volleyball team didn’t make it easy for themselves against Madison Edgewood, taking the match 3-2.

The Red Hawks blasted their way to a quick lead, taking the opening set 25-12. Edgewood then snuck out the second from Milton 25-22. For the third, Milton again won with relative ease, 25-17.

Flipping back and forth, Edgewood took the fourth set 25-21. But it was the Red Hawks who regained their composure for the fifth to take it 15-6.

“It was a tough match last night, only because we made it that way,” head coach Wayne Hansen said of the win. “We won the match but lost sets two and four due to bad serve receive and some missed opportunities to put the ball away.”

Hansen said the crowd support was important to the team’s win.

“Our fans were tremendous and played a big part in our win,” he said. “We actually won each game we were on our side. Go figure.”

During their winning sets, Hansen said they won because they stuck to their script.

“When we passed, we scored,” he said. “We struggled when we played out of system. Not a lack of trying, just the balls wouldn’t drop, which is a credit to Edgewood’s defense.”

Skyler Salter had 19 assists, while Jordan Karlen added 11 of her own.

Chloe Buescher led with 16 kills on the night, while Ashely Didelot connected on 10. Courtney Knutson hit 9. Didelot hit a team-high six aces. Buescher and Salter each added three.

Defensively, the team had 78 total digs, with Emma Sullivan having 25, Didelot 15 and Salter and Buescher adding 11 each.

“This was a very important conference win going into our last home game, which is senior night Thursday,” Hansen said. “If we win, I project us getting a No. 2 seed for our conference tournament.”

Milton hosts Stoughton Thursday before heading to Stoughton for their conference tournament Saturday.

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