Lady Mustangs even district record

Posted 10/6/20

The Madisonville volleyball team fell to 2-2 in district play with a pair of losses to Robinson Sept. 29 and undefeated China Spring Friday, both in straight sets. The Lady Bulldogs looked to rebound Tuesday with a road matchup at Waco-Connally.

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Lady Mustangs even district record

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The Madisonville volleyball team fell to 2-2 in district play with a pair of losses to Robinson Sept. 29 and undefeated China Spring Friday, both in straight sets. The Lady Bulldogs looked to rebound Tuesday with a road matchup at Waco-Connally.

“Having nine seniors, it is a little bit of an eye-opener when you start the second round of district,” said Madisonville volleyball head coach Kristen Hooten. “The end is near and everything is a little more special when it is like that. What you are fighting for, to continue playing after that, means even more.”

The Lady Mustangs fell to Robinson Sept. 29 by scores of 18-25, 20-25 and 16-25.

“There were not a whole lot of positives we will take from the (Robinson) game,” said Hooten. “We came in really flat, we just never seemed to get it going.”

Madisonville missed 13 serves in the three-match loss at Robinson, including seven in the opening set.

“When you miss that many serves, it is such a momentum killer,” said Hooten. “We never really recovered from that.”

Hooten took the opportunity to get everyone from the bench into the game for valuable experience.

“We saw a lot of great play from some of our younger players who don’t always get a lot of playing time,” said Hooten. “They came in, stepped up and played really well.”

Grace Williamson recorded 10 kills in the loss. Sidnie Smith, who returned to the starting lineup following an ankle injury sustained in practice, led the team with 12 digs and was followed by Jadyn Hooten with 10. Williamson added another eight digs while Audree Phillips recorded six.

Raegan Olvera served a pair of aces against Robinson while Phillips added another.

On Friday, the Lady Mustangs hosted undefeated China Spring at MHS and lost in straight sets by scores of 14-25, 18-25 and 16-25. Madisonville entered the game without feeling pressure and came out strong to start each set despite the loss.

“We came out with high energy and jumped out way ahead of them in all three games,” said Hooten. “We played great, we just got stuck in some rotations where we couldn't score. They would make some runs, catch up and it was a head-to-head battle and they were just a little bit bigger and a little bit stronger than us.”

Olvera led the team with nine assists in the loss to China Spring Her six digs finished second behind Smith’s 10. Williamson led the team with nine kills.

From a health standpoint, Smith has returned to the lineup after missing a pair of games due to her ankle injury. While Hooten stated Smith is not yet 100%, her return alone will benefit the team moving forward.

“(Smith’s) presence on the court is a big deal and she brings a lot to our team,” said Hooten. “Her being out there is extremely important for us.”

After Tuesday’s matchup in Waco against Connally, the Lady Mustangs return home to MHS to host Mexia and begin their second stint of district play. Madisonville beat Mexia on the road to open district Sept. 22 in five sets by scores of 17-25, 25-15, 25-20, 20-25 and 15-8.

“I think, last week, it ended up being two really tough teams from the district in the same week, and that was really tough,” said Hooten. “I think how we played against China Spring, the energy we brought and effort we brought, will definitely help us rebound from the loss, and gave us the mentality that we can play with great teams.”

After Mexia, the Lady Mustangs will conclude their regular season with matchups against La Vega, Robinson, China Spring and Connally.

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