GENEVA — It was alphabet soup Monday in Geneva where MHS (Milford) beat FC (Fillmore Central) 3-1 in the SNC (Southern Nebraska Conference) VB (volleyball) tourney.
The Panthers of FC came into the league tournament with the No. 4 seed. The Eagles, seeded fifth, won 25-17, 25-22, 19-25, 25-17.
Milford went up early in game one only to have the host Panthers tie at 11-all on an Emilie Krienert ace serve. Tracey Maloley registered a kill, but a few rallies later the Eagles blocked FC's Brooke Rasmussen to lead 18-13.
Megan Poppert served an ace, 18-14 Eagles, but back-to-back aces in answer from Milford's Haley Moore had the Panthers in trouble down 22-14.
Audrey Malone got a thundering kill and an ace, in between which was a kill by FC teammate Lindsey Maloley. The set went Milford's way when the Eagles got a stuff block, 24-17, and then a long attack by FC on set point.
The second set was tight throughout as the teams traded punches until a Christa Scott kill tied it at 18-18. When FC got a kill from Tracey Maloley and went up 19-18 it was time for Milford coach Shanna Meyer to call a halt.
The Eagle's 22nd point was served up via a Panther serve into the net. Rasmussen got the kill that brought FC to 22 points with Milford at 23.
The second set ended when a Panther attack sailed wide followed by a two-hit call on FC.
Game three was close at 5-4 Panthers when Malone took charge during a run that helped put her team up 15-8. The junior had two kills followed a pair of ace serves.
Lindsey Maloley and Krienert got a kill each, Tracey Maloley and Rasmussen teamed up on a stuff block and it was 14-8. Two more kills by Rasmussen made it 16-10 on the way to 18-12 on a right-side kill from the lefty Rasmussen followed by another Malone kill.
Three Eagle errors helped bring the Panthers to23-17. FC won it on a driving spike kill from Malone that brought it to set point, followed by a kill from Lindsey Maloley that made the score 2-1 Milford.
Scott played taller than her 5-5 height early in game four with two kills and an ace serve that helped keep her Panthers in it.
A Krienert kill accounted for FC's 16th point, but by then the Eagles were perched on 21 and smelling blood in the water.
A Panther attack hit the antenna and Milford got a block kill. An unforced error by FC brought the evening to match point which 6-foot Eagle senior Madison Millikan delivered via a sharp kill into the center of the Panther defense.
The stats columns show 13 and 12 kills for Malone and Rasmussen. Malone added a pair of ace serves and setters Scott and Poppert were credited with 26 and 19 assists.
Digs were 28 for Krienert, 22 for Scott, 21 for Abbie Parde and 20 for Malone. Tracey Maloley was credited with seven blocks, four of which were solo stuffs, and Lindsey Maloley added five. Parde received 42 Eagle serves to 23 for Malone and 13 for Krienert.
The victory put Milford on course to meet Heartland today at 5:30 p.m. in the Eagles' own gym.
The Huskies defeated Centennial in Henderson on Monday night. Fillmore Central (19-7) meets Monday's loser between Tri County and Sutton at 5:30 p.m. in Milford's second gym.