Oct

16

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 16, 2014

Courtesy Photo/Trista Browning. Mabank seniors Maddie Park (no. 3)  and Bailey Swain (no. 13) leap to block a Ferris player that reels from the duo’s action.

Courtesy Photo/Trista Browning.
Mabank seniors Maddie Park (no. 3) and Bailey Swain (no. 13) leap to block a Ferris player that reels from the duo’s action.

District record still perfect, 4-0

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

FERRIS–The Mabank Lady Panthers volleyball team keep racking up the wins after a clean 3-0 match against Ferris Oct. 10 on the road.
Mabank won three convincing sets by scores of 25-6, 25-6 and 25-17 to lift their record to 25-10 on the season and remain a perfect 4-0 in district play. The win gives Mabank a victory over each team in its district.
The game was won so quickly that the Lady Panthers didn’t have the game time to compile as many stats as previous games. Madison Holyfield led Mabank with eight kills and added one dig and two aces; Payton Costlow had the most blocks with three to go with her other score lines of two kills and two digs and Meagan Holyfield had a team-high 16 assists with three kills and one ace. Brii Young had one kill, one dig and two aces; Madd Park three kills and one ace; Gabby Duncan one ace and Baily Swain three kills and three digs.
Head Coach Stacey Shelton says the Lay Panthers are on top of their game at an important time of the year.
“We are in the middle of our district schedule right now and we are taking care of business in a timely manner,” Shelton said. “I’m proud of how hard they are playing.”
The Lady Panthers begin their second pass through their district opponents Oct. 24 when the Athens Lady Hornets come to Mabank.
“Athens has always played us well and we are going to need to be prepared,” Shelton said.

Oct

12

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 12, 2014

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson Marshalla Padgett (right) dives to the ground, scoring a dig for Eustace and keeping the a volley alive Oct. 7 in a home match against Troup. Makenzie Abbott (left) stands ready to assist on Padgett’s play. Eustace lost the match three games to one.

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson
Marshalla Padgett (right) dives to the ground, scoring a dig for Eustace and keeping the a volley alive Oct. 7 in a home match against Troup. Makenzie Abbott (left) stands ready to assist on Padgett’s play. Eustace lost the match three games to one.


By Erik Walsh
Monitor Spots Editor

EUSTACE–The Eustace Lady Bulldogs couldn’t overcome costly errors in the crucial second set and were defeated by district rival Troup Oct. 7.
Troup (7-1 in district) came out strong in the first set, winning convincingly 25-15. A slew of unforced errors were too much for Eustace (4-4) to overcome in the second set and Troup won that one too, 26-24. The Lady Bulldogs fought back and won the third set 25-19 before losing the fourth set 25-17 to finalize the match loss.
Eustace Head Coach Chuck Powers thought the second set held the defining plays of the match.
“We gave away too many points,” Powers said. “I think if we won that set it could have changed the entire flow of the night. The bottom line is we gave away too many unforced turnovers. It’s been our problem all year. The kids are playing hard and hustling, but are making too many silly mistakes.”
Powers said the Lady Bulldogs’ opponents are averaging 16 points each set from Eustace’s unforced errors.
“We haven’t lost even one set this year by 16 points,” he said. “If we took better care of the ball, the district standing would have a much different landscape.”
The loss moves Eustace to a tie with Frankston for the fourth and final playoff spot in District 18-3A. Eustace volleyball has played in the postseason for 12 consecutive years through several different UIL classifications.
Abra Roberts led Eustace servers with seven aces and tied for the team lead with nine assists along with Ashley Purselley. Purselley added five aces to the cause. Grace Holcombe had two aces, one assist and one dig; Kasey Lopez had three kills and one dig; Makenzie Abbott had three aces, four kills, and two digs; Marshalla Padgett had one ace, four kills and four digs; Michelle Gomez had a team-leading six kills and one dig; Taylor Peebles had two kills and one dig and Whitney Boerner had one dig.
It’s very important to Eustace to not just claim the fourth playoff spot to keep the tradition alive, but climb to the third spot that is currently held by Mildred with a 6-2 record.
“After the first round of district games were over, we decided our goal was to reach third place in the district,” Powers said. “The fourth place team will play against powerhouse White Oak in the playoffs and we want to avoid that.”
Powers said that goal is still within the Lady Bulldog’s reach.
“We let this one slip away, but we can still do it if we defeat Mildred and upset Arp in our coming games,” he said. “We will need to be on our game when we face Frankston again. Just because we beat them once, doesn’t mean it’s an automatic win.”

Oct

09

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 9, 2014

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson Eustace Lady Bulldog Marshalla Padgett leaps in the air and extends for a kill against Rice in Eustace’s 3-0 sweep Oct. 3 in Eustace. The win helps them hold the fourth and final playoff spot.

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson
Eustace Lady Bulldog Marshalla Padgett leaps in the air and extends for a kill against Rice in Eustace’s 3-0 sweep Oct. 3 in Eustace. The win helps them hold the fourth and final playoff spot.


Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE-The Eustace Lady Bulldogs took home a victory Oct. 3 against Rice in a perfect 3-0 sweep at home. They won the sets 25-14, 25-7, 25-11.
The victory lifts Eustace’s district record to 4-3 and gives them a small lead for the final playoff spot over fifth place Frankson (3-4).
Abra Roberts and Ashley Purselley led The Lady Bulldogs with six aces each, while adding 12 and 10 assists, respectively. Marshalla Padgett had five aces, two kills and one dig; Grace Holcombe four aces and one kill; Kasey Lopez two aces and eight kills; Michelle Gomez five kills, one block and one assist; Malenzie Abbott three kills; Taylor Peebles five kills and Whitney Boerner one dig.
The Lady Bulldogs are back in action Oct. 10 when they travel to Mildred.