Mustangs prepare for final home stand

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PALESTINE — The Madisonville volleyball team dropped its final road contest of the season in Palestine last Tuesday in straight sets before they enjoyed a bye slot on Friday night.

The Mustangs will now battle all of their district opponents at home to conclude the season.

“The bye was nice for us because it gave us more practice time,” said head Madisonville volleyball coach Raegan Shelton. “I think it’s all about wanting it at this point, we’re a team that needs to work really hard in order to play well.”

Despite the loss in straight sets at Palestine, the Mustangs were competitive in two of the matches. They lose the opening match 25-17 and the final match 25-20 while they were only able to muster 7 points in the middle.

Seniors Sha’Kayla Burns and Kacelyn Jarrell led the way for the Mustangs in Palestine with 4 kills apiece. Junior Emilie Blakely recorded 7 assists on the night to go along with 3 aces.

The Mustangs are now coming off of five straight road games, four of which were district opponents. They will now host their district slate in Madisonville in the same order, starting with Athens last night.

“It’s nice having our last round at home,” said Shelton on the peculiar schedule. “I wasn’t sure how I was going to like that at first, but I think it will turn out good for us.”

Next, Madisonville will battle Fairfield, Mexia and Palestine once again. The matchup with Fairfield will take place on Friday evening. Both the JV and Varsity squads are poised to start at 4:30. Mexia will come to town next Tuesday and Palestine the following Friday to conclude the regular season.

“I want to finish strong and end with a fight,” said Shelton. “Too often we check out in practice, but this week I want to see some consistent fight and heart from the girls.”

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