EDGEWOOD, Texas — Life Waxahachie High School claimed win No. 18 in the 2017 volleyball season and, in the process, clinched an the third annual Edgewood Back to School Dig-Fest Championship on Saturday at Edgewood High School Gymnasium.
The (18-4) Lady Mustangs not only continued a 12-game win streak, they also allowed 15 or fewer points in the last eight of 12 sets, swept five of six tournament matches and haven't lost since the Glen Rose Tournament.
"We have focused our practices around covering our hitters and blockers more and communicating more," commented Nancy Moore, Life Waxahachie's head volleyball coach. "I knew we would be okay offensively and defensively. I just didn't know how well all of it would fall into place."
With the help of All-Tournament selections Giovanna Charles and Anna Woodard, the Lady Mustangs defeated Como-Pickton (25-12, 25-9), Sabine (25-13. 25-16), Willis Point (25-16, 25-11) High Schools on Thursday. Forty-eight hours later, they'd bested tournament host Edgewood, Grand Saline and, Paris High Schools a combined 65-50.
Through seven tournament games, Charles, a senior, has amassed 76 kills and 18 aces. Thirty-two of those kills — including a 17-slam performance against Edgewood in the championship game — came during the tournament's final day.
Woodard, a junior, had 99 assists and 15 aces during the same timeframe. Her highest assist total, 23, came during the final match.
Four of the seven matches were sweeps and part of a larger 10-game total that the Lady Mustangs held their opponents set-less.
"I believe that the girls have begun to trust each other more and have accepted each other's role on the team," Moore said. "I believe we are ready for district play. We have a shot at the playoffs this year and the girls believe that this is their year to shine. I believe the matches with Edgewood, Wills Point, and Paris made us not only physically ready but mentally ready because we had to come back from behind to win those matches."
She and her team were scheduled to play five sets of volleyball against Corsicana High School at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night at LWHS Gymnasium. The (12-5) Lady Tigers, a part of District 17-5A, had won two of their last four games, including sweeping 6A Rockwall High School on Friday.
Rockwall was scheduled to play first-year Head Coach Timmi Blackshear and Midlothian Heritage High School (15-1), a Lady Mustang district rival, at 6:30 p.m. at MHHS Gymnasium.
Marcus S. Marion is the sports editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light and Midlothian Mirror. He can be reached by phone at (469) 517-1456 or across social media platforms @MarcusSMarion.