The Madisonville volleyball squad concluded their season in Leon on Tuesday with a postseason loss to Lorena.
The girls got closer and closer as the game progressed, but were still taken down in straight sets.
“I think how we finished is as good of a high note as any,” said Madisonville volleyball coach Raegan Shelton. “We finally played consistently throughout an entire game and I witnessed that fight and desire to win that I’ve only seen glimpses of throughout the season.”
After dropping the opening set 25-15, the Mustangs retaliated with scores of 17 and 25 in the remaining two. Senior Kaylee Reynolds led the way for Madisonville in her final game with 6 kills and a pair of aces. Freshman Raegan Olivera posted 11 assists while sophomore Kyra Cooper recorded 6 kills.
Along with Reynolds, this was the final high school game for LaTayvia Byrd, Kacelyn Jarrell and Sha’Kayla Burns. 2017 was a unique mix of older players along with many young players looking to learn for the Mustangs.
“The seniors are all different and I think each brought something different to the table,” said Shelton. “It was difficult for them at first to step into those leadership roles, but I saw big growth from the beginning of the season to now.”
It wasn’t exactly an ideal season for the Shelton and the Mustangs. In her first year, Shelton inherited a young squad that needed to learn the ins and outs of high school varsity volleyball.
“We’re hoping to see a completely different team in my second season,” said Shelton. “Losing isn’t easy, so this has been an extremely difficult year for everyone. I want these girls to become winners and work hard enough to believe that they are champions.”
Shelton believes that her team has a lot of potential moving forward, but also knows that they have to put the work in. She stressed that volleyball is a year round sport and that her younger players need to use this offseason to continually improve their games.