Lady Mustangs prepare for district

Posted 9/24/19

The Madisonville Lady Mustangs volleyball team picked up a pair of victories over Huntington on Sept. 17 and Diboll in a Homecoming matchup Friday and will now begin their district schedule at Mexia.

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Lady Mustangs prepare for district

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The Madisonville Lady Mustangs volleyball team picked up a pair of victories over Huntington on Sept. 17 and Diboll in a Homecoming matchup Friday and will now begin their district schedule at Mexia.

“We played our best game of the season on Friday against a very good Diboll team,” said head coach Kristen Hooten on the Homecoming matchup. “Overall throughout the preseason, we were not very consistent with our play.”

Madisonville entered their final non-district matchup of the season on Tuesday in Shepherd with an overall record of 18-12. They won five out of six games entering Tuesday’s action. Before the victory over Diboll in four games, however, Hooten felt the team was particularly inconsistent at MHS.

After dropping a tight 25-23 contest in the first match, Madisonville took care of business with three straight wins over the Lumberjacks. They were able to take control and run away with wins of 10 and nine points in games two and three.

“We are gaining confidence with every win,” said Hooten. “I think the excitement of Homecoming, the need to have a strong home court outing and district being right around the corner all contributed to the success of this game.”

Madisonville’s road win in Huntington on Sept. 17 came in three straight games. The finals over the Red Devils were 25-16, 25-22 and 25-18.

The Lady Mustangs had a difficult time in district a season ago, but enter this year’s league slate with seven more wins than they had in all of 2018. Their junior heavy squad also enters with another year of experience together on the court and a new set of goals in mind.

“I think as a team we have not forgotten missing the playoffs last year,” said Hooten. “Coming off of one win in district last year, we definitely feel like we have something to prove. We have to focus on eliminating unforced errors and keeping consistency in our play throughout the game. If we can do those things with the talent we have, we could be very successful.”

After traveling to Mexia on Friday, Madisonville will host Palestine for their first district matchup of the season on Tuesday. They will conclude the first stint of league play with a home game against Fairfield on Oct. 4 and a road game at Rusk on Oct. 8.

“We are hungry to prove ourselves,” said Hooten. “We are more experienced and have improved a great deal in just a year, so I do think our play could be a surprise to teams we could not compete with last year.”

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