The Madisonville Lady Mustangs dropped their final two regular season matches of the season over the last week.
The team had a rare open date last night and will wait over a week before they compete in the first round of the playoffs.
“I think we’re pretty loose right now,” said Madisonville head volleyball coach Raegan Shelton on the state of her team. “It’s good not to stress but we do need to have more urgency to our level of play.”
The Mustangs concluded a regular season that was full of learning curves in their home gym on Friday evening with a loss to Palestine. They also lost a district matchup to Mexia last Tuesday.
Madisonville fell in four sets in both home losses. Against Mexia, the Mustangs had a valid shot to come away with both of the final matches, which they lost by scores of 25-23. Senior Kaylee Reynolds led the way for the Mustangs with 15 kills while Freshman Raegan Olivera logged 16 assists to go along with 14 digs. Sidnie Smith recorded 4 aces on the night.
The Mustangs also had a shot in the finale against Palestine. After taking the opening match 25-23, Madisonville would drop the next three by scores of 23-25, 18-25 and 19-25.
“We’ve faced some pretty helpful teams that will certainly help us prepare,” said Shelton. “Battling with the teams we have over this season help us know where we need to be.”
Madisonville will likely meet Lorena in the first round of the playoffs, but it’s yet to be determined. It’s also undetermined where the game will be played exactly, but it will take place on Monday.
“Whoever we meet in the playoffs will be a tough team to beat,” said Shelton. “I don’t think this long break will effect us but we’re going to need to plan some competitive practices that simulate game situations.”
In the coming days, Madisonville will officially learn their postseason opponent and where they will play them.