When champions face adversity, they don’t make excuses. They find ways to win.
The Waxahachie Lady Indian volleyball team has had to deal with plenty of adversity this week and it’s only seemed to make them better.
The team found out that it would be missing its best offensive weapon, Courtney Miller, for at least a month with an injury then had another teammate come down with an illness that forced her to miss last week’s games. And on top of that, the Lady Indians had to face four teams that have appeared in the state top-10 this season.
How would the team respond? By winning seven straight matches, including a victory against Lucas Lovejoy, the defending 4A state champion.
“It really was just all about great teamwork,” Waxahachie coach Sandy Faussett said. “They just came together and played amazing defense. Whenever someone needs to step up, they do. We’re still going through 10 different line ups trying to figure out what we want to do and they are all working.”
Faussett knew coming into this year that she would have a very deep, talented team, but you can’t predict injuries and how a team will respond to it.
In the first match of the Northwest ISD Volleyball Classic, Waxahachie beat Dumas (No. 14 team in the state now, preseason No. 5) 26-24, 25-21. They then beat Waco Midway 25-21, 25-13. The Lady Indians capped the day with a 25-22, 25-20 win against Denton Ryan.
Then the competition really stepped up in day two. First Waxahachie faced Prosper (No. 4 in the state) and won 19-25, 25-20, 25-7. Next up was Pearland Dawson (preseason No. 9) and the Lady Indians won 24-26, 30-29, 25-23 in an instant classic. Finally, the Lady Indians had to face Lovejoy (No. 8 in the state, preseason No. 1) and came away with a 13-25, 25-23, 25-23 win.
“You’re not going to find a team playing with as much confidence as we are right now,” Faussett said. “This is only going to help us in the playoffs because these teams are seeing us without all of our weapons right now. If we see them again in the postseason, we’re going to feel good about our chances with a fully healthy team.”
Waxahachie finished tournament play Saturday. The Lady Indians (12-2) will play their first home match of the season Tuesday when they host Waco Midway at 5 p.m.