V-Ball splits non-district matches

Posted 9/15/20

The Madisonville volleyball team split a pair of non-district matchups last week with a victory over Huntington Sept. 8 and a homecoming loss to highly-touted Sealy Friday. They have one game remaining before the start of district play in Mexia Sept. 22.

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V-Ball splits non-district matches

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The Madisonville volleyball team split a pair of non-district matchups last week with a victory over Huntington Sept. 8 and a homecoming loss to highly-touted Sealy Friday. They have one game remaining before the start of district play in Mexia Sept. 22.

The Lady Mustangs toppled Huntington in straight sets by scores of 25-10, 25-17 and 25-15. They took down the Red Devils twice in 2019, including the Bi-District playoff round in Crockett.

“We played pretty well (against Huntington),” said head coach Kristen Hooten. “We blocked well, hit well, it was a pretty solid game for us. (Huntington) was pretty small, which is a good thing for us.”

Grace Williamson led the way for the Lady Mustangs in the win with 14 kills and three blocks. Kourtney Fleck recorded six aces in the contest while Raegan Olvera and Sidnie Smith added three more apiece.

Olvera and Briana Johnson also each added a block in the win for the Lady Mustangs.

The team then hosted the no. 16 Sealy Tigers at MHS for their homecoming matchup Friday and dropped the match in straight sets by scores of 17-25, 23-25 and 12-25.

“Watching (Sealy) on film, we knew they were going to be really big, and we struggle with big teams because we are not,” said Hooten. “We started off slow in the first game and, halfway through, I thought we started playing well. We had some long rallies, which is hard to do against teams like that.”

The Lady Mustangs continued to play well throughout the second set and built a three-point advantage at a time before allowing the Tigers back in it. The back-and-forth contest ultimately ended in a two-point loss for Madisonville.

“I think it was one of those games that you fought so hard and didn't get it at the end, and we went into the third game kind of deflated and played flat,” said Hooten. “For a game and a half, we played some of the best ball we have played all year.”

Williamson logged seven kills against Sealy and Grayson Bennett added four more. Williamson also led the team with 11 digs and was followed by Olvera with seven and Kia Moffett with six. Smith had the lone ace of the contest.

Madisonville was unable to record any blocks against the bigger opponent, an area Hooten consistently marks for needed improvement.

The Lady Mustangs looked to bounce back Tuesday with a road matchup in Navasota and will conclude their non-district slate Friday in Splendora.

“It will be two games that will definitely prepare us for district,” said Hooten. “We have not had to play much on the road this year, so it is always good to get experience playing in another gym. We definitely want to come out with two wins and maybe reach some goals of blocking better and finishing the game when we need to.”

Madisonville will begin their district slate in Mexia Sept. 22. Their first home district matchup will come against LaVega at MHS Sept. 25.

“We are excited about district starting,” said Hooten. “I mentioned something the other day about the season being halfway through and it was kind of a wake up call. This is what we have been waiting on all year and I think we are going to go in prepared and ready.”

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