DENTON – After splitting their first two matches of the season Tuesday night in Wylie, the Lady Indians volleyball team got back on the court Thursday morning for their first tournament of the season.
Waxahachie was one of 32 teams to take part in the Denton Ryan Kick Off Classic. The tournament field featured several talented teams like Grapevine Faith, McKinney, Frisco, Red Oak and Frisco Heritage.
The Lady Indians were first matched up with Little Elm, a 4A school that only won nine matches a year ago and just one of their final 10 matches.
Waxahachie beat the Lady Lobos 25-18. 25-17, 25-15 to get its second win of the season.
Waxahachie started the match strong by getting four straight kills, three from Courtney Miller, to take a 5-1 lead. But Little Elm battled back to tie the set at eight.
That was when Sorrel Barnes and Miller started to take over. They each had three kills and Emma Hinds added an ace as the Lady Indians exploded to a 11-2 run to put the first set away.
Another strong start in set two gave Waxahachie a 5-0 lead after an ace from Aeriel Horton. Summer Stevens’ left-handed swing led to a pair of big points later in the set to give Waxahachie a 13-3 lead in game two.
A time out by Little Elm started a Lady Lobo rally that saw Waxahachie’s lead trimmed to just five at 17-12, but a big stuff block by Lauren Atkins took the momentum back.
The teams traded points at the beginning of set three as the Lady Indians had a 5-4 lead after nine serves. But a 7-1 run, sparked by Horton’s serves, gave the Lady Indians some comfort room.
Molly Jeffcoat served four straight points and added an ace to make it 16-9. Lyndsey Griffith had a pair of kills and Ellen Platt added another to extend the lead.
Barnes provided a little boost in energy for Waxahachie after she got a pair of big kills to put the set out of reach.
“I was just ready for the match to be over I guess,” Barnes said of her blasted points. “I just had a couple of good looks and I took my shots.”
Despite the seemingly blow out victory, Lady Indians coach Sandy Faussett thought the team could have communicated a little better during the match. Her players felt the same way.
“We’ve been playing together for a long time,” Barnes, one of 10 seniors on the team, said. “But we’ve got to talk better. We can play as great as we can, but unless we talk to each other, it won’t matter.”
That communication error seemed to be resolved before the tournament’s second match against Frisco Wakeland. The Lady Indians rolled through the first two sets as they won 25-15 and 25-16. Wakeland, which won 22 matches last season, battled back to take set three 25-18. But Waxahachie finished the match strong again and won 25-12.
The Lady Indians will play two more matches Saturday afternoon as they advanced to the tournament semifinals.
Waxahachie will play on Court 3 at 3:30 p.m. in the semifinals.
The Lady Indians will then play at 6:30 p.m. If they win and reach the finals, the match will be on Court 3. If they lose, they will play in the third place game on Court 1.
Waxahachie (4-1) will play next at Mesquite Poteet at 5 p.m. Aug. 20.
The Lady Indians won’t play at home until Aug. 27 against Waco Midway at 5 p.m.