Mustangs drop two road contests

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The Madisonville volleyball team dropped two road contests over the last week in Fairfield and Mexia. They faced Palestine on the road last night to round out their away schedule for the 2017 season.

“We have been up-and-down with our effort levels of late,” said head Mustang volleyball coach Raegan Shelton. “We choose when to play hard way too often instead of giving that consistent heart and fight we need.”

The Mustangs looked impressive in the opening set against Fairfield and prevailed 25-22. However, Fairfield would strike right back and take three straight sets to beat Madisonville. The Mustangs scored no more than 18 points in the final three sets.

Despite the loss, senior Kaylee Reynolds recorded 7 kills for the Mustangs and 3 blocks. Sophomore Khyra Cooper also logged 3 blocks and 5 kills to go along with them.

Friday’s loss at Mexia was ugly. Madisonville managed to post 20 points in game two but could only muster 12 in the first and final sets.

“I don’t think it’s any tougher playing away than at home,” said Shelton. “Closing out, I hope for the consistency that we keep talking about and to find the girls who want to go to battle.”

With last night’s road game, the Mustangs wrap up a 5-game road stand and will now welcome their district opponents to Madisonville for their final four games of the season. They will also enjoy a bye slot this Friday and will not play as usual. The home stand will begin on Oct. 5 against Athens. Junior Varsity will start at 6 p.m. and Varsity will immediately follow at 7.

“I feel like we have a lot of players who are just here to be here right now,” said Shelton. “I want them to become winners and have that winning mentality.”

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