It wasn’t easy, but for the 600th time in her career, Waxahachie volleyball coach Sandy Faussett got to celebrate a victory.

Waxahachie started slow, but rallied around its coach’s milestone and beat Mansfield Legacy 16-25, 26-24, 26-24, 25-14.

Following the hard-fought match, the coach was presented with the framed game ball, which was signed by all of the players, a cookie cake and a big pack of Diet Coca-Cola.

“It feels the same as win No. 599 or 598, but I didn’t expect all this,” Faussett said of the postgame fanfare. “I really didn’t expect this because I don’t talk it up. The girls planned all this and I didn’t know anything about it.”

Tuesday’s win put Faussett in some elite company as she is only the 17th active coach in Texas to reach this milestone. There are 1,131 high schools in the state that play volleyball and 258 in 4A alone.

Faussett began coaching in 1988 for Greenville, where she stayed for three years before moving on to Highland Park. She stayed in Dallas until 2001 before coming to Waxahachie.

While this mark is truly a stellar one for the coach, she gives most of the credit to the kids she’s taught along the way.

“It’s fun and challenging, but what’s great about is that I’ve won 600 games, I’ve never had to touch a ball,” Faussett said. “That’s just a big credit to the kids I coach and it’s got a lot to do with them.”

Her players on this year’s team, which features 10 seniors, are happy to be a part of such a momentous occasion.

“It’s pretty awesome to be a part of it and be the team that gets No. 600,” Waxahachie senior captain Celi Bruce said. “We haven’t been stressing about it, but we knew we had to do it for her. We needed the win for the team too, but it was great to get the win for her.”

But the coach hasn’t just affected her players’ lives on the court. Faussett is a big part of their lives off of it as well.

“She’s had a huge impact on me in really everything with life,” Bruce said. “She’s taught us to be respectful and she’s like a mom to me.”

Waxahachie ISD interim Superintendent David S. Truitt is proud of Faussett and can’t wait to see what she does next.

“We are extremely happy for coach Faussett and for the Lady Indian volleyball team,” stated Truitt.  “Achieving a 600th win is a terrific milestone worthy of admiration and respect. Sandy has built an exceptional women’s volleyball program and it is widely known as one of the best programs in the state of Texas. We look forward to witnessing her and the team’s continued success this season.”

The Lady Indians (24-5, 2-0 in 15-4A) are currently ranked No. 7 in the state and will take the court again at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Ennis. Their next home match will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24 against Arlington Seguin.

Contact Billy at b.wessels@waxahachietx.com or 469-517-1454.