Volleyball prepares for final stretch

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After a bye on Tuesday, the Madisonville volleyball team dropped a district contest in straight sets at Fairfield on Friday night.

The Lady Mustangs have now seen every team in their district and will face them each one more time before the regular season concludes.

“I think we definitely underachieved through the first set of district play,” said Madisonville volleyball coach Kristen Hooten. “Our play was very inconsistent and we gave some games away. We know what it will take to beat each team so we will just have to go out there and get it done.”

Madisonville lost the games in Fairfield by scores of 25-23, 25-9 and 25-19. Fairfield improved to 3-1 in district play while the Lady Mustangs fell to 1-3. Despite the loss, Hooten praised Kyndall Creighton for having her best performance of the season as well as Sidnie Smith, who stepped up in a new defensive roll.

Coming into the game, Madisonville used the bye to try out some things and come up with a new lineup. To help the defense, they have changed from a 6-2 to a 5-1 and are moving their hitters around.

The team will look to build on these changes moving forward as they have another shot against their district lineup. Entering Tuesday’s game against Rusk, the Lady Mustangs were tied with Eagles as well as Palestine.

“Both of those games are must wins for us,” said Hooten. “After seeing everybody in the district once, I think we have a better understanding of how open this league is for anyone to win it.”

The Madisonville volleyball team will travel to Palestine on Friday night and will host Fairfield for their final home game on Oct. 23.

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