Lady Mustangs start district hot

Posted 9/29/20

The Madisonville volleyball team defeated Mexia on the road Sept. 22 and LaVega at home Friday, both in five sets, to begin district play with a 2-0 record. The Lady Mustangs traveled to Robinson Tuesday and will host China Spring at MHS Friday.

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Lady Mustangs start district hot

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The Madisonville volleyball team defeated Mexia on the road Sept. 22 and LaVega at home Friday, both in five sets, to begin district play with a 2-0 record. The Lady Mustangs traveled to Robinson Tuesday and will host China Spring at MHS Friday.

The team was able to start district off on the right foot despite missing the services of libero and senior leader Sidnie Smith, who rolled her ankle in practice last week but was expected to return to the court Tuesday at Robinson.

“It started out a little frazzled,” said head coach Kristen Hooten. “I think we were just a little out of our element without (Smith). Her not being there has taken a bit of adjusting.”

Sans Smith, the Lady Mustangs moved senior Kia Moffett to libero while freshman Jadyn Hooten moved into her open spot. Jadyn Hooten immediately made her impact known by hitting seven straight serves against Mexia to begin the deciding fifth set, four of which were aces.

“We won in five, which was great on the road, and got our first district win,” said Coach Hooten. “It was a pretty exciting game, I didn't think we played our best, but I kind of attributed that to (Smith) not being there and just missing that presence.”

The finals from Mexia were 17-25, 25-15, 25-20, 20-25 and 15-8. Grace Williamson recorded 19 kills in the win and was followed by Haley Fleck with eight. Raegan Olvera added 24 assists while Moffett recorded 21 digs. Olvera and Williamson added 14 digs of their own in the contest.

The shorthanded Lady Mustangs also defeated LaVega in five sets at MHS Friday by scores of 25-16, 19-25, 25-12, 21-25 and 15-12.

Williamson tallied a whopping 26 kills in the five games and Brooke McKean added nine. Grayson Bennett logged 24 assists while Olvera added 18. Olvera also added 18 digs to lead the team and was followed by Moffett with 16, Bennett with 13 and Jadyn Hooten with 10.

“We were still kind of out of sequence,” said Coach Hooten. “But whenever you can still accomplish those goals without a starter, I think that gives you that confidence and I think they gained confidence in some of the other players that came in and stepped up and played roles that they haven't been playing all year.”

The Lady Mustangs expected to be at full strength in Robinson Tuesday and again Friday when they host China Spring, the only other remaining undefeated team in the district (entering their Tuesday matchup). China Spring entered play Tuesday with a perfect overall record.

If the team can enter the matchup with a Tuesday win over Robinson, it will separate Madisonville and China Spring from the rest of the district.

“(China Spring) will be a tough game for us,” said Coach Hooten. “They have a lot of tall girls and struggle with that because we are small. We have definitely been working on blocking this week so far. We are working on hitting around the block, hitting through the block and everything we can do to prepare. Hopefully, we will come in with grit and be the ones who knock them off.”

The matchup against China Spring at MHS will take place Friday at MHS at 5:30 p.m. The Lady Mustangs will then conclude their first stint of district play with a matchup at Connally in Waco.

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