Lady Mustangs win four straight

Posted 8/25/20

The Madisonville volleyball team continued their pre-district slate with victories over North Zulch at MHS Aug. 18, Franklin on the road Friday and Somerville and Lexington in a dual home matchup Saturday.

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Lady Mustangs win four straight

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The Madisonville volleyball team continued their pre-district slate with victories over North Zulch at MHS Aug. 18, Franklin on the road Friday and Somerville and Lexington in a dual home matchup Saturday.

“We have been pushing blocking, so we really focused on that and have been doing drills to help us get better in that area,” said head coach Kristen Hooten. “We definitely had the most blocks we have had in a game (against Franklin Friday), so I was very happy with that.”

The Lady Mustangs defeated North Zulch by scores of 25-18, 25-19 and 25-23, Franklin by scores of 25-21, 25-22 and 25-14, Somerville by scores of 25-11, 25-8 and 25-21 and Cameron by scores of 25-20, 25-23, 13-25 and 25-16.

Madisonville took a 20-16 lead over North Zulch in the opening set Aug. 18 after back-to-back aces at the service line from Kourtney Fleck. Fleck would go on to give the Lady Mustangs a commanding late lead with five straight successful serves.

Grayson Bennett then won Madisonville the ball back with a well-placed loft, setting up Sidnie Smith at the service line and a chance for the 25th point. After a rally, a Grace Williamson kill ended the opening set in favor of the Lady Mustangs.

Halfway through the second game, a Brianna Johnson block allowed the Lady Mustangs to maintain a slim lead over North Zulch, which they would not relinquish.

"I definitely think (Johnson) is going to bring some height and blocking,” said Hooten on her sophomore. “We have her on the right side right now, which is the opponents’ strong side, for that purpose. She is getting quicker and better. I have seen an improvement from her in just a short amount of time.”

Williamson is also on Madisonville’s front lines and brings blocking capabilities as well as her consistent threat as a hard hitter.

“(Williamson) is probably our best blocker, she jumps very well and quick,” said Hooten. “Across the board, our front row is jumping and blocking better. It definitely impacts our defense and what we can do.”

Johnson also gave Madisonville a 3-0 lead with another block early in the third set, but North Zulch would storm back to ensure a close finish. A slew of missed serves at the end of the match by both sides ultimately set up Chloe Olvera with a chance to win the game from the service line. Fleck finished off the contest with a kill to give Madisonville a two-point win and sweep.

The win over the Lady Bulldogs led off a perfect 4-0 week for the Lady Mustangs, in which they dropped just one set (against Cameron Saturday).

“Friday (at Franklin) was by far our best game of the season,” said Hooten. “We played with high energy from the first point through the last, which we hadn't been able to do. All around, it was just a great effort from everyone and we played really well as a team.”

The Lady Mustangs hosted Leon at MHS Tuesday and will battle Diboll Friday. They will also host Trinity and Lexington in a dual matchup Saturday.

“What we talked about Saturday after the two wins was that we need to beat the Leons of the world to get that respect as a great team,” said Hooten. “That is something I feel like we have struggled with in the past.”

Madisonville is scheduled to begin district play Sept. 22.

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