The Waxahachie Lady Indians finished their tournament action Saturday and can now just focus on getting one win a day for the rest of the season.
The first of one-game days was Tuesday night when Waxahachie hosted Mansfield Timberview. The Lady Indians had no problem with the 5A program and rolled to the 25-16, 25-8, 25-18 victory.
“We like playing them because they are big up front and really have a lot of athletes,” Waxahachie coach Sandy Faussett said. “They handle the ball well. They are scary up front and are an athletic, well-coached team. Every time we hit a serve, they changed up their receive.”
Waxahachie had long runs in each of the three sets to put away the victory. In the first set, the Lady Indians led 18-15, but then finished on a 7-1 run. In set two, Waxahachie led 10-5 then finished on a 15-3 run. The third set was a little bit back and forth, but the Lady Indians rattled off six straight points to put the match away.
The only way to get long runs like that is to get excellent serving and Waxahachie had that Tuesday. Molly Jeffcoat served 23 times with no errors. Her serves led to 17 Waxahachie points.
“We got some great serving by Molly (Jeffcoat). Her serves got the other team rattled and really get us going,” Faussett said. “There’s not a spot on the court she’s not comfortable at. She did a great job.”
Celi Bruce served 15 times for 10 points and Aeriel Horton served nine times for seven points. In total, Waxahachie served 74 times and had just three errors.
Another facet of the game that Faussett was pleased in Tuesday night was the performance of her youngest player. Sophomore middle blocker Audrey Willett is becoming a bigger part of the Lady Indians’ offensive attack as well as being a great defensive force.
“I was very pleased with Audrey running the slide and we got her the ball a lot,” Willett said. “We’re trying to find a way to get her the ball and now we’re starting to have a lot more confidence in her ability to hit it and put it away.”
While Willett’s offense continues to improve, senior outside hitter Lisa Trevino led the way Tuesday with 11 kills. Lyndsey Griffith added nine and Ellen Platt had five.
Last time the Lady Indians were at home, they swept Waco Midway, but it wasn’t their best performance and Faussett and the players knew it. So the team’s 10 seniors had a discussion about how to play better this time at George Solis Gymnasium.
“I think we had a pretty good night. We didn’t play well last time we played here and the next day in practice we decided that wasn’t going to happen again,” Trevino said. “We wanted to come and show everybody exactly what we’ve worked for. We’re all pretty responsible, but us seniors really wanted to show the younger players that we can’t come out and play like that after how hard we work.”
With the team’s injuries to Courtney Miller and Sorrel Barnes, the team has been dependent on its non-seniors like Platt, Griffith and Willett to step up and carry a larger load.
“We’ve had to face a lot of adversity already this year, but we’re all really close,” Trevino said. “I don’t really know what to say about them. They have really taken their game to another notch and are progressing. It’s good to see their confidence growing.”
Waxahachie (23-4) will take the court again at 5 p.m. Friday at home against cross-county rival Midlothian.