The Madisonville Lady Mustangs volleyball team picked up a home win over Lake Creek on Tuesday in four sets and competed in a tournament in Leon over the weekend.
“Blocking and hitting were much better against Lake Creek,” said Madisonville head volleyball coach Kristen Hooten. “Those are the two things we have been working on in practice and really needed to improve on coming in.”
Game one against Lake Creek was a back-and-forth affair that the Lady Mustangs could have easily dropped. After losing four of five points, the Mustangs trailed 17-14 when they were able to win the ball back thanks to a hustle play from Sidnie Smith. The Mustangs would keep two balls alive on the day that appeared to be lost for good.
Madisonville was able to go on a run and take a 23-20 lead before Lake Creek’s final surge. The visitors would cut it to one, but Grace Williamson would shut the door with a kill to ensure the 25-23 victory.
Game two was just as tight. Trailing 19-14, the Lady Mustangs regained possession and were helped by seven straight points at the service line from Khyra Cooper to suddenly put them on top, 21-19. Lake Creek would have trouble putting their serves in for the rest of the game and were outscored 11-2 at the end of the 25-21 loss.
“There was a point in game two when I basically told them they had to believe in themselves,” said Hooten. “They were not really doing that at that point and then they turned it around and fought back to win that second game.”
The visitors found some momentum with a game four blowout victory. They got on top of the Lady Mustangs 5-0 and 12-1 before Hooten used timeouts. They would cruise to a 25-11 win.
“We just came out flat,” said Hooten. “We could have laid down after that loss and let it carry into game four, but they really stepped up to the challenge.
After another back-and-fourth start to the fourth game, Madisonville was able to build a comfortable lead thanks to a 6-0 run. Leading 24-13 and one point from victory, the Lady Mustangs had some trouble closing the door. Lake Creek found five straight points before Hooten burned a timeout. The Mustangs came out and sealed the deal immediately with a 25-18 victory.
Madisonville competed in a number of best two matches out of three games in Leon over the weekend. They defeated Castleberry (25-23, 25-12), lost to Beckville (12-25, 21-25), lost to Franklin (24-26, 23-25), lost to Leon (11-25, 17-25), lost to Wartham (25-11, 26-28, 21-25), lost to Teague (19-25, 29-30), lost to Centerville (12-25, 25-18, 19-25), defeated Trinity (25-11, 25-16) and lost to Normangee (26-28, 25-18, 23-25).
The Lady Mustangs were back in action at home against North Zulch on Tuesday and will travel to Robinson for a tournament this weekend.