Volleyball drops two

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The Madisonville volleyball team lost a pair of matches over the week to Teague and Caldwell as they continue to work through their non-district slate.

“While our record may not show it, we are much better than I anticipated we would be at this point in the season,” said Madisonville head volleyball Coach Kristen Hooten. “It is always hard transition when a new coach comes in, and the girls had to learn what I am about. We have had a lot to work on, so we have been trying to break it down and focus on one thing at a time.”

Last Tuesday, the Lady Mustangs dropped a home contest to Teague after a hard-fought, back-and-forth battle. Madisonville won games two and four by scores of 25-20 and 25-22. However, Teague won matches one and three by a score of 25-21 both times. In the rubber match, Teague left MHS victorious with a 15-13 win.

“This is definitely a game we should have won,” said Hooten. “We are struggling to finish teams off when the game is on the line and keeping up our energy and intensity throughout. We are also still working on team chemistry.”

Madisonville would not rebound in Caldwell on Friday. They were swept in three sets by the Hornets and only the second game, a 20-25 decision, was close. Caldwell took games one and two by scores of 25-9 and 25-12. While it was not a great showing, Sidnie Smith, Raegan and Chloe Olvera stood out for Madisonville on the court as they tried to combat Caldwell’s size and fast-paced offensive attack.

“We are really focusing on our offense heading into district play as well as blocking,” said Hooten. “We are not a big team so blocking has been a struggle for us. Offensively, we have been highlighting hitting mechanics to try and become more effective in this area. Our most improved area is passing.”

The Lady Mustangs tried to bounce back with a win at home home Tuesday against Centerville. They will travel to Montgomery on Friday and open district play in Rusk on Sept. 21.

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