MILFORD – Having already taken down the No. 4 seed on Fillmore Central's home court on Monday night, the Milford Eagles were home to do battle with the No. 1 Heartland Huskies on Tuesday night in the SNC Tournament semifinals.
The road to the finals for the Milford Eagles will also include a matchup with either No. 2 seed Thayer Central or No. 3 seed Sandy Creek as the Huskies fell victim to the Eagles 3-1.
Milford won the first set 25-16, but Heartland bounced back in a thriller to tie the match at 1-1 with a 25-23 win.
The next two games went to the hometown Eagles who won them both by the final scores of 25-22.
With the score tied at one set apiece, the Eagles established an early lead in the third set and for the most part the Huskies trailed throughout, by as many as 11 points at 20-9.
In the set, Milford's Madison Millikan had three of her team-high 14 kills as the Eagles seem destined to win the set big.
But the Heartland girls used three kills from seniors Mikaelyn Dick and Sara Brune to climb back within 22-16 and that was enough for Milford head coach Shanna Meyer as she called her first time out.
The Huskies (18-9) scored three more quick points to make it 22-19 and Meyer used her second time out.
Heartland got as close as 23-21 on a slam from Mikaelyn Dick, but an ace block from Milford's Haley Moore and an attack in the net from the Huskies gave the hosts a 2-1 lead.
Heartland fell behind again in the fourth set 6-2, cut the Milford lead to 7-4 and 7-6, then tied it at 8-8 on a Milford missed attack.
Milford opened a two-point lead, but once again the Huskies were relentless as they tied at 12-12 on Dick's ace serve, one of three in the match.
Milford crept out to a 19-16 lead and stretched it to 22-18 before a back row kill from Brune and another successful attack from Dick made it 22-20. An ace block from Brune made it 23-22, but a Meyer time out, a kill from Emily Burton, and a bad pass ended the Heartland chances at an SNC Championship.
In the Huskies' win, they trailed by as many as six points at 12-6, but an Ashton Kroeker ace block got them even at 19-19.
With the score tied at 23-23, Dick smashed two rockets past the Milford defense to give the Huskies the win.
Heartland registered 42 team kills as Brune had 14 to tie Millikan for game high honors. Heartland's Mikaelyn Dick contributed with 13 and Kroeker had eight. In setting the two set rotation of Ashley Bittinger and Maelyn Huebert produced 22 and 15 assists respectively.
In digs Jordan Bittinger led the team with 12, while Brune had eight.
Heartland was charted with five ace serves as Dick led the way with three, while the Eagles had 11, with Becca Anderson and Jensyn Meyer each with four.