V-Ball honors seniors, prepares for playoffs

Posted 10/29/19

The Madisonville volleyball team concluded their district season in second place with a record of 6-2 after Friday’s win over Rusk at MHS on Senior Night.

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V-Ball honors seniors, prepares for playoffs

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The Madisonville volleyball team concluded their district season in second place with a record of 6-2 after Friday’s win over Rusk at MHS on Senior Night.

“Friday’s win over Rusk was really big for us,” said Madisonville head coach Kristen Hooten. “We did not want to finish the regular season with a second place tie. I think the victory gave us even more confidence going into the playoffs.”

Madisonville, who defeated Rusk in straight matches in both contests this season, won the game by scores of 25-22, 25-20 and 25-10.

The Lady Mustangs got off to a hot start in the opening match, building a 7-2 advantage over the Eagles. A strong run at the service line by Sidnie Smith, along with a couple of timely kills from Khyra Cooper, allowed Madisonville to build an 18-8 advantage in game one.

Rusk, however, would come storming back to give them a finish in the latter part of the match. They were eventually able to get within one point with the ball before a clutch kill from Kenndie Moffet gave Madisonville a 24-22 advantage. Cooper would conclude the match with a kill of her own.

It was Rusk who got off to the hot start in the second game. The Lady Mustangs fell behind 7-4 before Hooten had to use a timeout. The early deficit was fueled by three missed Madisonville serves.

They were, however, able to work their way back into the contest down the stretch. Critical kills by Grace Williamson and Cooper helped propel the Lady Mustangs ahead of Rusk late in the match. They would go on to pick up the five-point win.

Madisonville separated themselves from the Eagles early in the third game and were able to hold them to just 10 points during the match.

Before the start of the game, Cooper and fellow senior Monique Berry were honored on the floor with their families for Senior Night.

“Senior Night is always an emotional night for players, coaches and parents,” said Hooten. “I was happy that we played well and gave both of the seniors a victory.”

The Lady Mustangs finished second in the district with just two losses after a last-place, one-win finish in 2018. Both of their district losses came to Fairfield, including their matchup on Oct. 22. Madisonville won the first game by a score of 25-21 before dropping the final three contests.

“We still have to get better at blocking,” said Hooten. “That has been one of our concerns all season long and we will struggle when we play teams that are bigger than us.”

The Lady Mustangs competed in a pair of playoff warmup matches against Anderson and will play in another against Palestine Westwood on Friday.

On Tuesday night, they will take on either Huntington or Jasper in the Bi-District round of postseason play. The two are currently tied in their district and Madisonville’s matchup will not be officially determined until Friday.

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