Volleyball opens district play

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The Madisonville volleyball team began district play with a loss in four sets to the Rusk Eagles Friday night on the road.

“Despite a few losses in a row, I really felt good going into district play,” said Madisonville volleyball coach Kristen Hooten. “But I was not happy with our first performance. We started the match off well and won game one, but just could not get it together after that and had too many mental errors.”

The Lady Mustangs took the opening game by a score of 25-19, but proceeded to drop three straight by scores of 17-25, 19-25 and 19-25.

“Like most teams we have played this year, Rusk is a lot bigger than us,” said Hooten. “That is always difficult to play against, but they were beatable. We had too many breakdowns in communication, teamwork and unforced errors.”

Despite the loss, Hooten singled out players that she feels have really made adjustments and have stepped up their game. She mentioned performances by Grace Williamson and Riley Pittcock as positives for the team moving forward. Also, setters Raegan Olvera and Sidnie Smith continue to get better and better everyday.

Madisonville continued their district schedule with a home matchup against Palestine on Tuesday evening. On Friday, they will host their second straight district bout when they welcome Mexia to MHS.

“These next two games are crucial for us, it has been a long time since we have won and mentally that is tough,” said Hooten. “Home games are always a must win. We really need a game where we prove to ourselves that we are talented enough to compete with anyone in district and we can do that by playing to our abilities from start to finish.”

The Lady Mustangs will have a bye next Tuesday, followed by three out of four district road games. Friday's matchup against Mexia at MHS is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.

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