MadVille VBall competes in Leon

Posted 8/20/19

The Madisonville volleyball team picked up a home victory over Lovelady last Tuesday and won the Bronze Bracket at a tournament in Leon over the weekend to bring their regular season mark to 9-7.

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MadVille VBall competes in Leon

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The Madisonville volleyball team picked up a home victory over Lovelady last Tuesday and won the Bronze Bracket at a tournament in Leon over the weekend to bring their regular season mark to 9-7.

The deciding match of the championship bout in Leon against Brazos Christian gave the Lady Mustangs an opportunity to participate in a marathon match, which resulted in a 31-29 victory. The win gave Madisonville a favorable record on the young season, but may have done much more for their confidence.

“It was a great team effort,” said head coach Kristen Hooten. “It was a huge win for us because we came from behind, pulled together and played the best volleyball of the season thus far to win the game.”

The tournament began in Leon on Thursday. The Lady Mustangs fell to Beckville and Southwest Christian but picked up a victory over Ft. Davis on the first day. On Friday, they defeated Cameron but fell to Teague and East Bernard to find themselves in the Bronze Bracket.

In bracket play, the Lady Mustangs defeated the Brazos Valley Christian Home Educators Association and Somerville to advance to the title against Brazos Christian.

After tournament play on Friday, Hooten pointed to last year’s tournament as a critical juncture in the 2018 regular season. The Lady Mustangs played nine games in the tournament and it paved the way for the rest of their non-district slate.

“I felt like it was a turning point for us last year,” said Hooten. “We did not play particularly well and I felt like it set the tone. We need to build from it.”

This year, Madisonville picked up five wins in the Leon Tournament and escaped with a record above the .500 mark.

Last Tuesday at MHS, Madisonville picked up a win in straight sets over Lovelady by match scores of 25-18, 25-19 and 26-24.

It appeared as if the Lions would force a fourth game with a 24-22 lead in the third set, but Madisonville rattled off four straight points to ensure an early night. Sidnie Smith was at the service line for the closing rally.

Lovelady also saw chances in the second match. The Lions stormed back from a six-point deficit to tie the game at 19 before Madisonville polished them off with six straight of their own after a Hooten timeout.

The Lady Mustangs traveled to North Zulch to battle the Lady Bulldogs on Tuesday and will compete in another tournament in Athens on Friday and Saturday.

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