Lady Mustangs take down Leon

Posted 9/1/20

The Madisonville Lady Mustangs earned their signature win of the non-district slate with a home victory over Leon in five sets Aug. 25.

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Lady Mustangs take down Leon

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The Madisonville Lady Mustangs earned their signature win of the non-district slate with a home victory over Leon in five sets Aug. 25.

“It was the best game we have played all year, and we finally played to our potential and beyond,” said head coach Kristen Hooten. “It was a game that we went in fired up and wanting to win. Leon has a tradition of winning and excellence and I couldn't tell you the last time we beat them.”

The Leon Lady Cougars have appeared in 28 state tournaments, including a run to the 2A championship in 2019, and boast 10 state titles.

Kourtney Fleck put the Lady Mustangs up 24-22 late in the opening set with a critical kill to send Raegan Olvera to the service line for a chance to win. Leon was unable to return Olvera’s serve, giving Madisonville an early advantage.

After Leon responded with a 25-22 win of their own in game two, Grace Williamson recorded back-to-back blocks early in the third set to help Madisonville establish the lead. They went on to win 25-21 before the Lady Cougars forced a fifth set.

Madisonville controlled the deciding matchup with little trouble. An Olvera block gave the team a 10-3 advantage before she ended the night with a kill, securing a 15-5 win in the fifth set.

“It was just a combination of everything going right that night,” said Hooten. “We did all the little things right. We hustled, we moved well. The girls were very focused. It was a great win for our confidence and our program.”

The Lady Mustangs returned home Friday to host Corrigan after their regularly scheduled matchup in Diboll was canceled. They won the game in three sets by scores of 25-11, 25-23 and 25-21.

The Lady Mustangs fought their way back to take a late lead in the second set after Corrigan built an early advantage. A vicious Williamson kill gave Madisonville an 18-16 lead before back-to-back Corrigan points evened the score again.

Trailing by one, Olvera answered with a kill of her own to tie the game at 19. Corrigan would then overcome another two-point deficit before sending a pair of kill attempts long to end the set in favor of Madisonville.

“We played pretty well (against Corrigan),” said Hooten. “Our blocking has really improved. We have been working a lot on our verticals and blocking footwork, and I see both of those transitioning into games. We did really well there and that continued into the next day against Trinity.”

Saturday’s games against Trinity and Lexington marked the final dual event of the non-district season. The dual games were added to compensate for contests lost to the elimination of tournaments, which were nixed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Madisonville defeated Trinity in straight sets by scores of 25-10, 25-15 and 25-15 before falling to Lexington 25-8, 25-13 and 25-15.

Lexington presented a noticeable size disadvantage to the Lady Mustangs and gained controlled early.

“Those games are good to have because you need to check every once in a while to see where you are struggling and what you need to continue to improve,” said Hooten. “That is how district is going to be, we are going to play some big people, and we will learn from our experiences and get better.”

Madisonville traveled to Anderson Tuesday and will host Liberty Friday at MHS at 4:30 p.m. Homecoming is slated for their Sept. 11 matchup against Sealy. They are scheduled to begin district play Sept. 22 in Mexia.

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