Mya Zeese racked up a career-high 45 assist-to-kills Tuesday night as Milford brought home its first-ever KLAA West Division girls volleyball title with a 35-33, 25-20, 22-25, 25-18 win at Brighton.
Zeese, a sophomore setter, also added 13 digs and two blocks as Milford improved to 25-5-2 overall. It was also the first time the Mavericks finished unbeaten in division play since 2002 as the finished 10-0.
Brighton (21-10-3, 8-2) had a chance to claim a share of the KLAA West Division, but fell behind 2-0 after dropping the marathon first set before forcing a third. Milford then closed out the victory.
“We were treating this like any other match,” Milford coach Mary Shelton told the Livingston Daily. “We weren’t trying to put any hype on it. We’ve been treating the conference season as a way to get better.”
Several Mavericks had personal best performances along with Zeese including sophomore Megan Wallace, who finished 15 kills, 24 digs, four blocks; junior Sydney Philpps, 10 blocks and 10 kills; and senior Isabel Lee, 15 kills, five blocks, two ace serves.
Lee also hit a milestone, tallying her 1,013th kill spanning her four years on the varsity squad.
Also chipping in for the victory was senior Mackenzie Watson (22 digs, four aces); sophomore Madeline Appleton (21 digs, 11 kills, six aces); senior Kaitlin Fitzpatrick (six digs, two aces); and senior Lauren Feltmate (three blocks).
Gabrielle Tschannen had 14 kills and seven blocks, while Cora Pietila added 15 digs for the Bulldogs. Setters Heather L’Esperance and Angela Dean collected 19 and 12 assists, respectively.
“We wanted to win (Tuesday),” Brighton coach Shelly Fix told the Livingston Daily. “But it’s an improvement over last year. We didn’t win the division, but we have 21/2 weeks until districts. We’ve got plenty of season left.
“We wanted to beat Milford, but that meant playing to the best of our abilities, and we did not do that. Live and learn.”
Milford will now play for the KLAA Lakes Conference title when they travel next Tuesday, Oct. 20 to face KLAA West champ Walled Lake Central. (The match starts at approximately 6:30 p.m.)
Hannah Grant dished out 19 assists, while senior Katie O’Malley chipped in with 14 kills and 12 digs as Northville (29-8-2, 8-2)) rolled to a 25-15, 25-20, 25-13 KLAA Central Division triumph Tuesday at home over Livonia Stevenson (1-9, 6-26-1).
Other contributions on senior night came from Ally Lang (seven digs) and Emily Watkins (two kills, one ace).
Emily Martin added nine kills and 11 digs, while Jessica Hogan, Nicole Rumman and Bryce Quick each added four kills.
Rachel Holmes also had 15 assists.