Lady Mustangs take district opener

Posted 10/1/19

The Madisonville Lady Mustangs volleyball team secured a victory in their district opener in Mexia on Friday by scores of 20-25, 25-10, 25-18 and 25-21. The team won just one game in district last season.

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Lady Mustangs take district opener

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The Madisonville Lady Mustangs volleyball team secured a victory in their district opener in Mexia on Friday by scores of 20-25, 25-10, 25-18 and 25-21. The team won just one game in district last season.

“This was such a huge win for our program for several reasons,” said head coach Kristen Hooten. “First of all, it was our twentieth win, which was a goal we wanted to reach from the beginning of the season. Second, winning the first district game, on the road, against the defending district champions sent a statement that we are a different team. We are playing with a lot of confidence right now.”

It was the fourth straight win for Madisonville dating back to Sept. 17. Kia Moffett and Grace Williamson led the way for the Lady Mustangs with three aces each in the win over the Black Cats. Reagan Olvera led the team with 29 assists and was followed by Grayson Bennett with 24.

Williamson also recorded 26 kills in an impressive performance along with four blocks. Khyra Cooper followed her up with 11 kills and three blocks. Kia Moffett led the team with 12 digs and was closely followed by Sidnie Smith with 11.

“We played really well on Friday,” said Hooten. “We are still focusing on eliminating unforced errors, which we have improved on each game. It was an overall group effort that contributed to the win.”

Mexia won the district last season with a perfect record of 8-0 and advanced to the Area Playoffs. Madisonville’s overall record throughout the entire season is 20-12.

Before their opener in Mexia, the Lady Mustangs concluded their non-district slate with a sweep over the Shepherd Pirates. They won each match in the road victory by scores of 25-15, 25-18 and 25-21.

“With two home games coming up, we need to focus on one game at a time,” said Hooten. “We need to focus on keeping our intensity from start to finish without having a breakdown in communication or a lot of unforced errors.”

The team hosted Palestine on Tuesday and will welcome Fairfield on Friday before they conclude the first stint of district play with a road matchup in Rusk. The Last Mustangs will look to continue their hot start in hopes of turning more heads in the district.

“We are definitely out to prove a point this year,” said Hooten. “The team has really come together over the past few weeks and are working very hard to achieve our goal of a district championship.”

Friday’s varsity game against Fairfield will take place at MHS at 4:30 p.m.

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