Volleyball takes the court


The Madisonville Lady Mustangs volleyball team took the court under Coach Kristen Hooten on Saturday with a scrimmage in Bryan and will open the regular season against Normangee on Friday at home.

“I thought we showed great effort and hustle in Bryan,” said Hooten. “The team played very well together with just three days of practice to prepare. We also got to see some tough opponents that challenged us and gave us an idea of the areas we need to work on.”

The scrimmage was dictated by a running clock and the teams did not keep score.

Hooten has reassumed her role as head volleyball coach in Madisonville after she held the same position from 2004 until 2007. She also coached the Lady Mustangs softball team during her first tenure.

Madisonville was a very young team and battled through the 2017 season. They will still be young when they take the court on Friday, but will certainly have more experience. The situation is similar to the one Hooten inherited in 2004, and she knows good things come with effort and time.

“Right now, I think it is still about the baby steps,” said Hooten. “We reach a goal and then we move onto a bigger goal. It is definitely important to think short term right now, especially with this young of a group.”

Hooten describes her coaching style as fiery and up-tempo. She hopes that her players can stay excited and feed off of her energy.

Fans will get their first chance to see the Lady Mustangs in action at 4 p.m. at Madisonville High School on Friday, as they host the Normangee Panthers. Normangee was originally supposed to host the game and it will appear that way on the schedule.

Madisonville is also scheduled to compete in a number of tournaments throughout the season and will begin district play on Sep. 21 in Rusk.