Are the Waxahachie Lady Indians really the 10th best team in all of Class 4A?
They are about to find out.
Waxahachie (8-1) opens pool play in the Byron Nelson Volleyball Classic today with three unfamiliar teams before entering bracket play Saturday against some of the top teams from all classifications across the state.
The Lady Indians open pool play at 2 p.m. with Hereford before playing Wichita Falls Rider at 4 p.m. and finishing the pool with Pearland Dawson at 7 p.m.
Hereford was ranked No. 14 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 4A preseason poll while Dawson was ranked No. 10 before both were leap-frogged by Waxahachie after one week of action.
It is exciting to go to this tournament every year. We want to go and be challenged. Although we do not know the teams in our pool very much, we will learn a lot in the first set and make adjustments along the way, Waxahachie head coach Sandy-Faussett-Stoops said. I am glad we are going to be challenged. I am excited to see how we are going to respond to good teams. We are not going to have any matches the entire weekend where we can play a little off. We have to be at our best each game. I like it that way.
To advance to the championship bracket the Lady Indians have to finish in the top-two of their pool with pool play games being two-of-three instead of the regular best-of-five.
If Waxahachie finishes its pool No. 1, it will play the second place team from pool two Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Teams in pool two include No. 9 Highland Park, district rival Mesquite Poteet, El Paso Chapin and Birdville. Poteet will likely finish second in the pool with Highland Park taking the top position.
No. 7 Red Oak won the Denton Ryan Kick-off Classic last week and if it takes the top seed in its pool today it will face the second seed from pool five at 8 a.m. Saturday.
Midlothian is also in the tournament playing in pool six against Magnolia, Bryon Nelson and Denton Ryan. Other top teams in the two-day event are No. 6 Dumas, No. 4 Friendswood, No. 2 Randall, No. 1 Lake Travis and Hewitt Midway.
With the amount of top-ranked Class 4A teams in the tournament it is a good preview of what the state tournament in San Marcos could look like in November.