Lady Mustangs battle changes

Posted 8/4/20

The Madisonville volleyball team is in the process of updating their schedule due to recent restrictions by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) for the 2020 season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the cancelation of preseason tournaments.

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Lady Mustangs battle changes

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The Madisonville volleyball team is in the process of updating their schedule due to recent restrictions by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) for the 2020 season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the cancelation of preseason tournaments.

“One of things they are doing to try and help get us a good amount of games in is letting us play Saturday dual games,” said MHS head volleyball coach Kristen Hooten. “We can bring two other teams in and play them on Saturdays throughout the season. That will help us get some more games in.”

With three tournaments scheduled, the team had roughly 15-18 games to make up and are doing so with Saturday dual matches as well as newly scheduled single contests. They also had to remove games scheduled against teams 5A or higher, since their fall seasons have been delayed one month.

“There have been a lot of changes in scheduling, but we are close to getting that done,” said Hooten.

The team was allowed to open camp Monday at MHS in preparation for the upcoming season. They were able to participate in certain summer strength and conditioning despite the pandemic, as long as they followed UIL and district stipulations.

“And the end of the year, I usually get the kids back for about a month after spring sports are over, so we missed that,” said Hooten. “I was really happy with the number of girls who came out to summer workouts. We averaged anywhere between I would say 20-30 for volleyball. That is a good amount of our kids coming out and practicing.”

MHS will feature a number of returning seniors on their volleyball roster this season after qualifying for the Area Playoffs for the first time in 10 years in 2019.

“We had a good core group come (to summer workouts), which has been very beneficial since we did lose time,” said Hooten. “Missing out on those four weeks of summer league games and practices, that hurt, because I did have a majority of our players signed up to compete in that summer league.”

The 2020 volleyball season is eligible to start Aug. 10. The Lady Mustangs currently have a scheduled home game Aug. 11 against Snook at 6 p.m.

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