NZ V-Ball splits in district

Posted 9/29/20

The North Zulch volleyball team split a pair of district matchups with a loss at Centerville Sept. 22 and a victory over Mumford at NZHS Friday. The Lady Bulldogs are 3-3 in district with eight games remaining before the postseason.

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NZ V-Ball splits in district

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The North Zulch volleyball team split a pair of district matchups with a loss at Centerville Sept. 22 and a victory over Mumford at NZHS Friday. The Lady Bulldogs are 3-3 in district with eight games remaining before the postseason.

The team lost in three straight competitive sets to Centerville by scores of 21-25, 22-25 and 20-25.

“We spotted them in the second and third sets,” said North Zulch head coach Melissa Padgett. “(Centerville) went on a 6-0 run and a 7-0 run to start both of those sets. We battled back, but it was too late.”

Padgett and the team spent much of the week working on the mental side of the game as well as their relationships off the court.

“We were not all on the same page,” said Padgett. “We were struggling with chemistry and connection and I really think that we needed to do some soul searching, and we did that last week in practice.”

The team-building exercises included a full rope course as well as extensive communication between the players.

Padgett admitted this cut into the team’s court time and attributed this to their level of play in Friday’s home win against Mumford, who she pegged as an underrated opponent in the district.

“We took care of business,” said Padgett. “(Mumford) was kind of scrappy, they worked hard and played at the same level the entire game. We were just a little off and not putting things away. We did some good things, it wasn't horrible, but I was never really in fear of the loss, I was just trying to let them work through what they were working through.”

The Lady Bulldogs defeated Mumford in five sets by scores of 25-23, 23-25, 25-17, 21-25 and 15-9.

The team is currently a 1A program competing in a primarily 2A district and will qualify for the 1A postseason regardless of their final league record. They will also have a bye in the Bi-District round and advance straight to Area once district play concludes.

“I like that our district is tough and that we are having to play a tough schedule,” said Padgett. “With the second half of district coming around, and us kind of working out some of those kinks, we will still get to play a couple of tough games against Normangee, Leon, Iola and Centerville.

“I feel confident about that (Area Playoff) win and then moving on and getting another winnable game, and just getting a lot of confidence about us and playoff wins under our belts.”

North Zulch continued their district slate Tuesday at Hearne and will host Normangee Friday for their homecoming matchup at NZHS.

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