It is amazing what a strong start can do for a team.

Waxahachie opened the season 2-0 with wins against Midlothian and Lake Dallas before taking part in the Denton Ryan Kick-off Classic.

The Lady Indians went 4-1 in the Classic winning the Diamond Bracket and in the process improved to 6-1 on the season, but most notably they caught the eye of the Texas Girls Coaches Association.

The TGCA preseason poll left Waxahachie outside the top-15 even though three teams from Region II that qualified for the regional tournament last season with Waxahachie were ranked in the top-10.

The hot start for the Lady Indians caused the team to be the biggest jump after one week as the new polls were released Tuesday with Waxahachie being ranked 10th along with a 2010 state tournament qualifier, Brenham.

Hours after receiving its first top-10 ranking in years Tuesday, Waxahachie swept Wylie before topping Rowlett in four improving to 8-1 on the season.

Last year the Lady Indians opened the season 4-5 with losses to Midlothian, Wylie, Rowlett and two in the Ryan tournament but managed to get it together in time for the playoffs where they advanced to the regional tournament.

The quick start this season has largely to do with the experience of the players who have returned along with the team’s passing ability and flexibility in the hitting game.

All three teams from Region II that began the season ranked in the top-10 remained while Red Oak dropped from sixth to seventh despite winning the Ryan Kick-off Classic.

“It is tough on top. Lake Travis blasted through the Westwood Warrior Showcase and Richardson Pearce opened the season by beating Duncanville champion Southlake Carroll,” poll director Butch Hart noted about the movement in Class 4A. “Other causes for movement in the poll were, Pampa beat Palo Duro, Highland Park and Lubbock Cooper. Canyon Randall (8-0) won their tournament defeating El Paso Chapin 25-23, 25-23 in final. Dumas (7-1) captured third by downing Canyon High 25-17, 25-18 after losing to Randall in semis.”

A strong showing in the Byron Nelson Volleyball Classic this weekend will help the Lady Indians move up the poll as they prove they are one of the top volleyball teams in state.

For a preview of this weekend’s Byron Nelson Volleyball Classic, that includes several top-ranked teams from across the state, see Friday’s Daily Light.