Lady Mustangs split matchups

Posted 9/8/20

The Madisonville volleyball team split a pair of non-district matchups over the week with a road loss at Anderson-Shiro Sept. 1 and a three-set victory over Liberty at MHS Friday. The Lady Mustangs hosted Huntington Tuesday in one of four remaining matchups before district play.

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Lady Mustangs split matchups

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The Madisonville volleyball team split a pair of non-district matchups over the week with a road loss at Anderson-Shiro Sept. 1 and a three-set victory over Liberty at MHS Friday. The Lady Mustangs hosted Huntington Tuesday in one of four remaining matchups before district play.

Madisonville dropped three straight sets in Anderson-Shiro after taking the opener from the Fighting Owls. The final scores were 25-22, 18-25, 14-25 and 15-25.

“I thought we did a good job breaking down their serve-receive early, and getting them out of system,” said head coach Kristen Hooten. “We played well in the first game. We started out strong in the second then our serve-receive broke down.”

The Lady Mustangs also ran into a size disadvantage and struggled to compensate elsewhere. Anderson-Shiro controlled the remainder of the contest after overcoming a 9-5 deficit in the second set.

“When your serve-receive breaks down, everything else kind of crumbles because you cannot run an offense,” said Hooten. “I thought after the way we started out that we were going to come on strong and finish the game but, unfortunately, we did not.”

Hooten has emphasized the importance of serve-receive since returning to the helm at MHS two years ago and highlighted the improvements in the matchup against Liberty Friday when the team returned home.

The Lady Mustangs defeated Liberty by scores of 25-18, 25-12 and 25-20.

“We passed the ball well, which resulted in more kills,” said Hooten. “We have been working on trying to give our opponents less free balls and to put our hand on the ball more. That has been a focus of ours.”

Grace Williamson, who leads the team in kills and blocks, was one of a handful of Lady Mustangs Hooten singled out for their performance Friday. Brooke McKean also recorded two blocks for the team in the matchup.

“Kia Moffett has been passing the ball really well, which helps our offense for sure,” said Hooten. “Raegan Olvera brings a lot of hustle and gets to the balls a lot of people cannot get to. We also have some young kids who have really come along and are getting better. Brianna Johnson is improving everyday as a sophomore starter.”

The Lady Mustangs hosted Huntington Tuesday is a rematch of the 2019 Bi-District playoff matchup in Crockett, which they won in three straight sets. They will compete in three more matchups before opening district play in Mexia Sept. 22.

“We want to continue working on blocking for sure,” said Hooten. “That is one of the things we have to get better at for when we play big people. We will continue working on that and our passing so our offense can run smoothly.”

Hooten also stated the team can compensate for their smaller size by executing more first-ball kills.

Madisonville will host Sealy at MHS Friday in their homecoming matchup at 4:30 p.m. They will conclude their non-district slate the following week with road matchups in Navsota and Splendora.

After Friday’s homecoming matchup, the Lady Mustangs are not scheduled to return to MHS until their home district opener against LaVega Sept. 25.

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