Lady Mustangs split home bouts

Posted 9/17/19

The Madisonville Mustangs volleyball team split a pair of non-district matchups at home with a win over Navasota on Sept. 10 and a loss to Caldwell on Friday.

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Lady Mustangs split home bouts

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The Madisonville Mustangs volleyball team split a pair of non-district matchups at home with a win over Navasota on Sept. 10 and a loss to Caldwell on Friday.

“Caldwell was a very talented team and we definitely came out flat,” said Coach Kristen Hooten. “We got behind from the beginning and we just could not get things together. They had some big hitters and it was a good experience to prepare us for district play.”

It was a tale of two performances for the Lady Mustangs, who were on both sides of a sweep this week. The lopsided loss to Caldwell on Friday included scores of 25-11, 25-16 and 25-9 in favor of the Hornets.

“We are really focusing on the mentality of the game and coming together to make it 12 strong,” said Hooten. “We have the skill to be very successful in district, but we are just having a little trouble with confidence, leadership ad bringing it all together as a team.”

The Lady Mustangs were able to take care of Navasota in three straight matches at MHS on Sept 10, adding another victory to their non-district slate.

The opening match would be the closest of the night against Navasota. After the Rattlers worked their way back to a 21-21 tie, a Khyra Cooper kill gave the Lady Mustangs the ball and the lead. Navasota would take the ball back with a kill of their own, but Kyndall Creighton was ultimately able to close out the first game from the service line for Madisonville.

A Grayson Bennett serving streak helped fuel a 5-0 run and build a 13-7 lead in game two. Navasota would never get closer than five points throughout the rest of the match.

Three straight kills, two from Cooper and another courtesy of Grace Williamson, allowed the Lady Mustangs to get over the 20-point mark and build an insurmountable lead down the stretch. Cooper closed out the game from the service line in the 25-16 win.

Madisonville seemed to pick up right where they left off in the third game after building a 7-1 lead to start the match. The Rattlers, however, were able to fight their way back and ultimately take a 15-14 lead.

Williamson would then take over the game with four straight kills to put her team back on top. The Lady Mustangs never looked back and cruised to a sweep of the Rattlers with a 25-17 win.

Despite Friday’s letdown, the win over Navasota is a reminder of the improvements made by Madisonville in 2019 as they approach district play. The team’s first district matchup is scheduled for Sept. 27 at Mexia.

“We enter district play with more confidence than we did last year and a much better record as we continue to strive to raise the bar,” said Hooten. “I am sure that with homecoming on Friday there will be added excitement. We have a few young ladies involved in homecoming events so everyone is excited.”

Friday’s homecoming matchup will begin at 4:30 p.m. against Diboll at MHS. Hooten is hoping to change the team’s home fortunes with just two games remaining before district.

“We have not played very well at home this season, so we are looking for a breakout game with a big crowd heading into district play,” said Hooten.

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