MadVille jumps into district

Posted 9/22/20

The Madisonville volleyball team split a pair of matchups to conclude their non-district slate with a victory at Navasota in straight sets Sept. 15 and a loss in four sets at Splendora Friday. The Lady Mustangs opened district play in Mexia Tuesday.

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MadVille jumps into district

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The Madisonville volleyball team split a pair of matchups to conclude their non-district slate with a victory at Navasota in straight sets Sept. 15 and a loss in four sets at Splendora Friday. The Lady Mustangs opened district play in Mexia Tuesday.

Since their 2020 schedule has taken a slightly different look during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lady Mustangs had not played in many road games throughout the non-district season. Both of their last two preparation matchups gave them a chance to compete away from MHS.

“(Playing back-to-back road games) was definitely something we haven’t done all season, so it was a little different than what we are used to, but it needed to happen,” said head coach Kristen Hooten.

Madisonville edged out Navasota in three straight sets to start the road trip by scores of 25-21, 25-18 and 25-23.

“We definitely saw some improvements in some of the areas we have been working on (against Navasota),” said Hooten. “We have been working on arm swing speed and I felt like that was definitely something that improved that game, we were hitting the ball harder than we had been. We served aggressively and got them out of system. Overall, it wasn't our best game, but we did some really good things.”

Grace Williamson led the team with 12 kills in the win while Kourtney Fleck added five and Briana Johnson added four. Raegan Olvera and Grayson Bennett each led the team with 11 assists while Williamson added 10.

Williamson’s 12 digs also led the Lady Mustangs while Bennett and Olvera added six and five, respectively. Kourtney Fleck and Haley Fleck each logged two blocks in the win while Williamson, Bennett and Johnson were each credited with one.

The team fell back down to earth Friday with a loss at Splendora in four sets by scores of 18-25, 25-15, 17-25 and 16-25.

“We just had a lot of unforced errors in that game and that is something we have kind of been focusing on all year long,” said Hooten. “They served aggressive which got us out of system and when you do that, your offense changes. But I think unforced errors were the killer for us in that game.”

The Lady Mustangs were able to come away with the second set, thanks in large part to eight straight successful serves from Sidnie Smith.

“We finished that set out really strong,” said Hooten. “We just didn't carry that momentum into the next two games.”

Madisonville has now concluded their new-look preseason slate and began competing in a new district Tuesday. Despite the realignment, they remain in the same district as Mexia and opened league play on the road against the Black Cats for the second straight season Tuesday.

“We always talk to the team about how there are three different parts to your season,” said Hooten. “There’s the preseason, the district season and the postseason. We are entering the second part of our season, which is the most important because the third part doesn't happen unless the second part is successful.

“I think we will be ready, I think we are fired up. With nine seniors and knowing you have 10 games left in your career, possibly more, it has to make you a little bit more excited and ready to go.”

Madisonville was 2-0 against Mexia in 2019, defeating the Black Cats in four sets each time.

The Lady Mustangs return to MHS to host LaVega Friday for their second district matchup at 4:30 p.m.

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