JEWETT — The Lady Mustangs volleyball squad competed in eight matches at the Leon Varsity Tournament over the weekend, going 3-5 and bringing their overall record to 4-11 on the young season.
“This team has definitely experienced some highs and lows,” said head volleyball coach Raegan Shelton after the tournament. “It has been a roller coaster ride so far this season but that comes with having a young team who has yet to really play together for the most part.”
The girls opened the tournament with a pair of wins over Normangee and Westwood. They swept the first match, taking down Normangee 25-18 and 25-21. Kaylee Reynolds and Grace Williamson led the way with four kills in the game.
Reynolds also came to play in the win over Westwood. Madisonville took the first and final sets 27-25 and 26-24 and dropped the second 25-17. Reynolds led the way with eight kills in the game while Jaycee Thomas and Sha’Kayla Burns posted five. Emilie Blakley was good for five aces in the game.
The Lady Mustangs cooled off after the exhilarating win over Westwood and dropped their next two games in a total of four sets to Caldwell and Maypearl. They would lose another contest to Central Heights, but were able to salvage the second set 25-23. Averie Sims shined with 11 digs in the loss.
The tournament concluded with three more games on Saturday, including a rematch against Centerville. Centerville got the best of the Mustangs in two sets once again. Franklin also swept Madisonville on the final day, but the Mustangs were able to knock off Teague in two sets.
Sims showed off her skills again in the final win of the weekend with 12 more digs while Reynolds followed suite with 11 of her own and also tallied 4 kills. Blakley recorded eight assists in the game.
“I’ve noticed a lot of improvements since the beginning of the season,” said Shelton. “We may be struggling right now, but it’s good to be able to play a lot of games in a row during a tournament like this. We need to grow and get better right away instead of just practicing in between.”
The tournament set up a road matchup with the North Zulch Bulldogs last night as well as another tournament in Centerville. The Centerville tournament will take place tomorrow and Saturday.
“Trying to make quick corrections and working through hard situations has been really good for my players,” said Shelton. “I know these girls have a lot of potential and I’m excited for the future.”