There are a lot of events and figures in the history of sports that have been over hyped.
Most boxing matches, the Miami Heat and Tony Romo just to name a few.
But Friday’s volleyball match between the Waxahachie Lady Indians and the Red Oak Hawks was anything but one of those things.
In front of a packed Solis Gymnasium Friday night, those two teams put on a show for the ages.
Unfortunately for the Lady Indians, Red Oak’s streak of undefeated district seasons is still alive at 21 and a half.
The two teams played a hard-fought, heart-wrenching match that the Lady Hawks won 25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 18-25, 15-13.
“We did a lot of good things, but the first two sets of that match we didn’t pass well at all, and that’s where if you take a team like Red Oak and give them ammunition, they will play at their very best,” Waxahachie head coach Sandy Faussett said. “We came out, we had the heart, we had the desire, but we didn’t execute and do what we needed to do to keep them at bay.”
The match featured 34 ties and 15 lead changes and streaks of three or more points were hard to come by.
“I don’t want to take away from either sides effort. Everyone that was in that gym on either side of the net put everything they had on the floor,” Faussett said. “No question about that at all. I would just like to clean that up next time.”
There definitely was not a change in intensity for the Lady Indians between the first two games and the two that they won, but execution got a lot better.
“They just got back into their passing game and that’s really key to our offense,” Faussett said. “(Red Oak) has those two huge middles that put up a great block and when our passing game is off, as it was the first set and a half, it makes us struggle. When it’s on we have enough options we can avoid that.”
Both sides of the gym lived and died with each point, until complete silence when the score was tied at 13 in the fifth game.
Red Oak scored the games final two points and the maroon half erupted as the green half was silent.
After going back to the locker room for a brief conversation with Faussett, the team returned to the court where the players were greeted with a standing ovation by the remaining fans.
The Lady Indians still have to face everyone in their district one more time, but the intensity in this match made it feel like more than a regular season game.
“It doesn’t feel like a regular season loss at all because how much emotion and effort is put into this rivalry,” Faussett said. “In a couple days maybe we can put it in perspective and move on to the rest of our season and see what else we need to do. But it feels like a big loss.”
Hopefully, the streak will still be alive a month from today when the Lady Indians visit Red Oak.
“That’s what we hope to do,” Faussett said about winning in Red Oak. “They’ve definitely exposed some weaknesses for us. We had some girls that were struggling and hopefully this will be motivation to correct them.”
A positive for the Lady Indians definitely has to be the return of senior libero Lacie Tucker who started after missing the last week and a half.
“She probably had a bruised rib and she was released and we let her go,” Faussett said.
Tucker showed no ill-effects as she was diving the entire game, including the second play of the game.
The Lady Indians will take the court again Tuesday at home at 6:30 p.m. against Ennis.