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Romeo's Milana named 2015 Miss Volleyball Award Winner

Volleyball   | Jeff Dullack

Romeo's Milana named 2015 Miss Volleyball Award Winner

Romeo - On Monday afternoon, Romeo’s Gia Milana was named the 2015 Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association Miss Volleyball Award winner.

Milana received 299 points in the voting, while Novi’s Victoria Iacobelli finished in second place and Grand Rapids Christian’s Dylynn Otte finished in third place.

Milana said that while winning Miss Volleyball wasn’t one of her original goals, as she was more focused on Romeo’s goals as a team, winning the award was a surreal experience.

“It’s surreal,” she said. “It wasn’t one of my goals, my goal was to get a banner, I want to get a state championship. I wanted my team to have that trophy, I wasn’t focused on a trophy for myself, I was focused on a state championship, so after I got that, I was focused another one. So I really haven’t had much time to think about Miss Volleyball, but now that I have this honor, it’s so surreal.”

Milana and Romeo are still focused on the 2015 season as the Bulldogs are currently preparing for a Class A quarterfinal where they will face Traverse City West on Tuesday, looking for a second straight trip to Battle Creek for the Volleyball semifinals.

Last season, Milana helped lead Romeo to its first volleyball state title.

Romeo coach Stacy Williams, who has been the varsity coach for the Bulldogs for 10 years, said that what makes Milana an elite volleyball player is her athleticism.

“She’s one of the top athletes, she’s an incredible volleyball player, but it’s not just volleyball, it’s athleticism,” she said. “She jumps high, she moves quick, she’s a competitor, she wants to win.”

Milana, who is committed to Maryland, and Romeo entered the playoffs as the No. 6 ranked team in Class A, looking for a second straight state title.

“It would mean so much to