Bulldogs battle Mustangs, Harvey


NORTH ZULCH — The North Zulch Bulldogs volleyball team continued to roll and took down Madisonville in three sets on Aug. 22.

Both squads also competed in separate tournaments later in the week.

North Zulch grew better and better as the local match went on. They took down the Mustangs 25-22, 25-18 and 25-13 in a clean sweep. Their lone loss remains from a tournament in Gary near the beginning of the season.

The Bulldogs then topped off an undefeated week on Thursday with three wins in a tournament at Anderson. North Zulch took down Anderson, Buffalo and Corrigan to improve their overall record to 12-1. Harvey robbed North Zulch of more wins on the week as the remaining tournament action was canceled.

The Mustangs split the six games they played on Thursday and Saturday at the Centerville Volleyball Extravaganza and now stand at 7-15. After dropping their first contest in three to Diboll, the Mustangs turned Thursday around with two big wins over Grapeland and Centerville.

Grace Williamson and Kaylee Reynolds both led the way against Grapeland 6 kills each. Williamson followed up with 8 more kills against Centerville while libero Sidnie Smith recorded a total of 19 digs in the two wins.

Centerville got their revenge over Madisonville on Saturday with a rematch win. Madisonville also fell Normangee before they salvaged the day with a win over Crockett. Despite the losses, Reynolds recorded a total of 14 more kills in the first two games. Williamson and Khyra Cooper each earned three more kills in their final win of the tournament.

All three levels of Mustangs volleyball were scheduled to take on Tarkington on the road Tuesday night, but the matchup has been canceled due to the weather. They also did not practice as scheduled on Monday. Coach Shelton is indifferent on what the shakeup could mean to the team.

“I think it can be a good and a bad thing,” said Shelton. “We have been in full throttle since two-a-days started and have played in three competitive tournaments, so I don’t think having a couple of days off is a terrible thing.

Madisonville is scheduled to get back to their season on Friday evening in Franklin. Varsity is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. while the freshmen and JV squads play at 5:30.

“Hopefully the girls will have time to rest and come back mentally prepared,” said Shelton. “I do hate missing practice time because we have a lot to improve on. We’re all anxious to get back in the gym.”