Lady Mustangs top '18 win total

Posted 8/27/19

The Madisonville Lady Mustangs volleyball team picked up a victory in straight sets over the North Zulch Lady Bulldogs on Aug. 20 and competed in a tournament in Athens on Friday and Saturday.

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Lady Mustangs top '18 win total

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The Madisonville Lady Mustangs volleyball team picked up a victory in straight sets over the North Zulch Lady Bulldogs on Aug. 20 and competed in a tournament in Athens on Friday and Saturday.

Madisonville was able to build an 18-12 lead over North Zulch at NZHS in the first match after a back-and-forth start. The Lady Bulldogs rattled off three straight points late after a Sidnie Smith ace, but the Lady Mustangs secured the match by a score of 25-21.

After a quick start and a 25-16 win in the second match, Madisonville fell behind early in the third. Trailing 6-3, the Lady Mustangs recorded five straight points, four of which were courtesy of Grace Williamson serves. Madisonville built their lead to 12-6 before a North Zulch timeout.

Madisonville would continue to get a sliver of separation down the stretch, but the Lady Bulldogs refused to concede and kept fighting back on the scoreboard.

After a missed serve by Williamson to tie the game at 21, the junior found redemption with a kill that gave Madisonville the ball back. Smith would finish the game from the service with the help of a kill from Khyra Cooper. The third game’s final was also 25-21.

Despite the win, head coach Kristen Hooten was not overly pleased with Madisonville’s performance at NZHS.

“We need to play with more energy and intensity,” said Hooten. “We just really have to work on staying consistent with our play every time we step onto the court.

The Lady Mustangs earned their way into the gold bracket in Athens and finished 2-3 when it was all said and done, good for a 12-10 overall record so far.

“We were still pretty inconsistent with our play over the weekend,” said Hooten. “However, we made it into the gold bracket, which was a very big deal after playing in bronze the past two tournaments.”

On Friday, Madisonville picked up wins over Frankston (25-4, 25-16) and Corrigan-Camden (25-13, 25-18) and lost to Marshall (23-25, 25-20, 19-25). On Saturday, they lost to Gatesville (18-25, 25-15, 21-25) and Liberty-Eylau (25-19, 19-25, 21-25).

“I feel, with the three tournaments we played in, that we have come a long way from a year ago,” said Hooten. “We exceeded our total wins from last year with our second win on Friday. All of these things will help our confidence going into district play. Finishing last in district last year and not making the playoffs is still fresh on our minds and something we do not want to happen again.”

Madisonville’s 12 overall wins already gives them a higher total than last season, when they won 11 games.

The Lady Mustangs traveled to Centerville on Tuesday and will return to MHS to host Tarkington on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

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