Volleyball splits district matchups

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The Madisonville Lady Mustangs volleyball team split a pair of district matchups at MHS this week with a victory over Palestine and a loss to Mexia.

After dropping game one to Palestine last Tuesday, the Lady Mustangs came charging back to win the final three matches with scores of 25-22, 25-21 and 25-16. Friday’s district bout with Mexia did not go as smoothly. Madisonville dropped straight sets to the Black Cats by scores of 25-15, 25-18 and 25-12.

With this week’s split, the Lady Mustangs are 1-2 thus far in district play with five matchups remaining in the regular season.

Last Tuesday’s win over Palestine marked the first win for Madisonville in nearly a month. Head volleyball coach Kristen Hooten was proud of her team’s resiliency in picking up the win after dropping the first match.

“We have been working a lot on the mental aspect of the game,” said Hooten. “We definitely could have folded after that first game and confidence has been low. We just talked about how important it was to pick up a home win.”

After they evened up the match at one game apiece, the Lady Mustangs found themselves trailing throughout the majority of a critical game three. Palestine got off to s hot start with a 6-2 advantage and eventually built a 13-7 lead. After a timeout, Madisonville put together a comeback and won the match 25-21.

They got off to a hot start in the fourth match and ensured the victory early.

“We knew we were both 0-1 in district coming in,” said Hooten. “We knew how important it would be to give them two losses and avoid that same fate ourselves. It gives us confidence going forward and I think it was really a must win all around.” 
After starting district with a record of 1-2, the Lady Mustangs enjoyed a bye on Tuesday to rest up for the remainder of league play. They will resume play on Friday with a road matchup in Fairfield at 4:30. As of Tuesday, Fairfield owns a perfect record in district.

Madisonville will return to MHS next Tuesday as they look for revenge against Rusk, who took them down in their first meeting on Sept. 21. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

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