The Waxahachie freshman volleyball team has started its season 16-0, including two tournament wins.
The first tournament win was back in August in Crandall, but the last tournament was last weekend in Arlington.
“This is a great accomplishment for us because this is always a really great tournament where we get to compete against some really tough 5A freshman teams,” coach Dana Scott said.
The Arlington Martin tournament began with pool play. The Lady Indians swept both Arlington Seguin and Arlington.
“We played really well in pool play,” Scott said. “But I knew the competition would get a lot tougher in bracket play and it did.”
Those convincing wins granted Waxahachie with a bye in the first round of bracket play.
Following the bye was a rematch with Arlington. The Lady Indians won again, but the Lady Colts were able to force a third game this time around.
“This was a really exciting match and went back and forth the whole way,” Scott said “This game was the most fun for me because our kids really stepped up and played the best they have played all year.”
Scott said her team excelled with their back against the wall in this match.
“Even when we dropped the second game of the match I was really excited because the whole team was out there talking, digging up some really tough balls, hitting well and serving the ball better than we have all year,” Scott said.
McKenzie Posey served for 9 points, Ellen Platt served for 7 points, Jessica Buie served for 7 points and Sedona Goad served for 5 points.
That win gave Waxahachie a one-match break before playing Arlington Lamar in the championship.
“We started off a little rocky at first against Lamar due to nerves but then really finished up strong,” Scott said.
Buie served for 9 points, Miranda Herron served for 6 points and Caroline Alexander served for 4 points.
Scott said that her setters, Buie, Goad and Anna Jendrzey, all did an excellent job.
“They have been working really hard in practice and were able to pull us through some really long rallies,” Scott said.
The defense was led by Posey, Herron, Alexander and Caroline Barksdale.
“They all really stepped up for us and were all over the floor digging up balls,” Scott said. “There were times when I thought the rally was about to be over and then they would dig up balls no one thought they could get to and it really got the crowd going which helped us so much.”
The coach also added that Ellen Platt, Lauren Atkins, Buie, and Brooke Reid had some great kills and also did an excellent job blocking. Scott was proud of the play of Emily Rutan and Katy Hay.
“That was the best they have played all year,” Scott said. “Especially against Arlington High when they made some great plays for us.”
Scott is excited about the rest of the season because of the skill level of this team.
“We have a very talented group of freshman this year who get better each day,” Scott said.”It has been really fun to coach them this year and I have high expectations for them.”