Lady Mustangs 3-1 in district

Posted 10/15/19

The Madisonville Lady Mustangs volleyball team concluded their first stint of district play with a road victory in Rusk and a 3-1 record, good for second best in their district at the halfway point.

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Lady Mustangs 3-1 in district

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The Madisonville Lady Mustangs volleyball team concluded their first stint of district play with a road victory in Rusk and a 3-1 record, good for second best in their district at the halfway point.

“Besides our game against Fairfield, I feel our level of play has been pretty consistent,” said Coach Kristen Hooten. “Considering that we entered the second round of district play with one win last year, I feel like we have come a very long way.”

Madisonville’s victory over Rusk came in three straight matches by scores of 25-19, 25-19 and 25-23.

“We played well at Rusk,” said Hooten. “They were a very aggressive serving team and I thought our passing was really good, which allowed us to be very successful on the offensive end.”

Grace Williamson led the team with 12 kills in the win while Khyra Cooper added 11. According to Hooten, Cooper had one of her best performances of the season at Rusk.

Kenndie Moffett also added eight kills for Madisonville while Williamson led the way in digs with 12. She was closely followed by Sidnie Smith with nine digs.

The Lady Mustangs have now defeated Mexia, Palestine and Rusk with their lone loss coming at home against Fairfield on Oct. 4. They will now face each opponent again. The team had Friday off with their scheduled bye separating the last four games of the regular season.

“I felt the bye came at a great time for us as we concluded the first round of play on a positive note and ready for round two,” said Hooten. “We used it to work on some team building with a trip to the Sam Houston State volleyball game on Thursday before a day off on Friday.”

The junior-heavy squad has impressed all season long with their resilience after an inexperienced campaign in 2018. With their only loss in league play coming at the hands of Fairfield, it is natural to think that they are eyeing the road rematch on Oct. 22.

“We are definitely aware that Fairfield is in the lead right now, but we are focusing on taking it one game at a time,” said Hooten. “Each team in the district is fighting for a playoff spot or a district championship, so I have talked to them a lot about not looking past the next game to Fairfield.”

Madisonville looked to improve to 4-1 in a home matchup against Mexia on Tuesday night. They will travel to Palestine on Friday before the game at Fairfield. The regular season concludes with a senior night matchup against Rusk at MHS on Oct. 29.

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