The Madisonville volleyball team fought back from a two games to none deficit last Tuesday to defeat North Zulch at MHS in five games.
“We were coming off of a tough tournament in Leon,” said Madisonville volleyball Coach Kristen Hooten. “We played some close games there but just could not finish. I felt like we came out just like that in the first two games, but they definitely could have laid it down after that. Down 0-2 is a tough spot to be, so I am very proud of the team.”
North Zulch fell behind early in the opening match but were able to forge a comeback and ultimately take the game by a score of 25-21. In the second match, it was Madisonville’s turn to comeback after falling behind quickly. However, the Lady Mustangs were not able to finish the job and once again fell by a score of 25-21 to the Bulldogs.
“They got a lot of balls over in those first two games that I didn't expect,” said Hooten. “Defensively they were very good. For us on offense, there are some minor things in our form that we need to fix, but some of those balls will be kills eventually.”
The Mustangs got ahead early in the third game and never looked back. They were able to come away with a 25-17 victory to keep the match alive. In game four, Madisonville kept the momentum alive and were able to build an 11-8 lead early before Corina Barrington of North Zulch used a timeout.
Leading by four, Madisonville received the ball back and were assisted by three straight points from Sidnie Smith at the service line. The streak gave the Lady Mustangs a 19-12 advantage, which they would never surrender. They would go on to force a rubber match with a 25-18 win.
The Bulldogs and Mustangs would trade points for the first half of the fifth match, which would be decided by whoever reached 15 first.
Madisonville was able to build a slim lead, but neither side could maintain possession of the ball. Down 13-11, North Zulch was able to cut the lead to one and get the ball back. However, a missed serve would prove detrimental. Grace Williamson converted her serve on the other side and Madisonville completed the 15-12, comeback victory.
“We had to pick up our intensity and work as a team” said Madisonville’s Chloe Olvera after the win. “At the beginning, it was six people out on the court working individually, not together. We finally started working as a team and were able to comeback.”
The Lady Mustangs picked up another victory over Lovelady on Friday in dramatic fashion. After dropping game one, the Mustangs took two straight from the Lions, including a 25-9 rout. When Lovelady rebounded to take the fourth game, Madisonville took the rubber match by a score of 15-9.
Madisonville hit the road on Tuesday for a matchup with Tarkington. They will return home this following Tuesday to host Teague.
The Lady Bulldogs continue to battle on the road. Last night, they took on Onalaska and will compete in a tournament in Snook on Thursday and Saturday.