Lady Mustangs split matches

Posted 9/3/19

The Madisonville Lady Mustangs volleyball team split a pair of non-district contests last week with a road victory over Centerville in four matches on Aug. 27 and a loss to Tarkington on Friday at MHS.

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Lady Mustangs split matches

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The Madisonville Lady Mustangs volleyball team split a pair of non-district contests last week with a road victory over Centerville in four matches on Aug. 27 and a loss to Tarkington on Friday at MHS.

“We played pretty good against Centerville,” said Coach Kristen Hooten. “We are continuing to try and get better defensively, especially in the area of blocking. Overall, it was one of our better games of the season.”

Madisonville won the first, third and fourth matches in Centerville by scores of 25-23, 25-21 and 25-21. The Tigers won the game’s second match 25-20.

The road win may have been pegged as one of the best games of the season by Hooten, but Friday’s contest at MHS would have the opposite impact. The Lady Mustangs were swept by Tarkington by scores of 25-23, 25-20 and 25-6.

“We really had a hard time closing out the game,” said Hooten. “We had a huge lead during the second game and we could not stop them when they made a run. This has been a problem all season but was definitely worse against Tarkington. After that, we just could not get things together. Communication also broke down and we could never regroup.”

Despite the inconsistent week, the Lady Bulldogs have now won a total of 13 games during the regular season, two more than they won in all of 2018. The confidence level is higher with district play just three weeks away.

“Heading into district, we have to figure out how to be consistent with our play,” said Hooten. “We have to take our good games and build on that and not regress to the old ways. We have to focus on the goals we have set for the season and what it takes to reach those goals.”

District play will open on the road for the Lady Mustangs against the Mexia Black Cats on Sept. 27.

Madisonville continued their non-district slate on Tuesday against Teague on the road and will travel to Normangee on Friday. They will return to MHS on Sept. 13 to host Caldwell on Junior High Night.

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