Everything was business as usual over the last week for the Lady Indians. Two games and two wins.
But unfortunately those two wins weren’t enough for Waxahachie (27-3, 5-0) to crack the top-three in the state.
The teams in front of the Lady Indians didn’t change as Lake Travis, No. 1, Canyon Randall, No. 2, and Friendswood, No. 3, continued their winning ways as well.
Waxahachie defeated Mesquite Horn last Friday in its final non-district match of the season (25-15, 23-25, 25-16, 25-8) and followed that up with a clean sweep Tuesday of West Mesquite (25-8, 25-11, 25-9).
Despite those two big wins, head coach Sandy Faussett still sees room for her team to improve.
“We’re going to keep working on our plays and serve receive options to take away some of the second guessing,” Faussett said. “Communication is always a factor and that is something we want to put lots of emphasis on. I want to hear them talk a little bit more.”
Even with those small flaws, the coach is comfortable with where her team is right now and all the options they have offensively.
“We look at all of our stats and see if the ball is being distributed to where it needs to be as far as kill percentage,” Faussett said. “We also like to move our girls around. Our top kill percentage is Kate (Praslicka), she’s hitting .360, and even with her, she won’t hit in the same spot three times. That lets us distribute the ball.”
Senior setter Cara Partington says the team is where they need to be mentally at this point in district play.
“We definitely have the right mind set right now because no matter who we play, we know that we need to play as high as we can and that will help us out in the long run,” Partington said. “We just have to think of every game as an opportunity to go as hard as we can go.”
The Lady Indians will take the court again Friday at 6:30 on the road against Terrell in another district match.
Terrell is winless in district play.
The Top Three
Lake Travis still is yet to lose even a set all season. It defeated Marble Falls last Friday (25-7, 25-14, 25-9) and Tuesday knocked off Vandergrift (25-9, 25-15, 25-8).
The Lady Cavaliers will travel to Cedar Park tomorrow and will have their toughest test of the season Tuesday when they travel to the state’s No. 7 team, Vista Ridge.
Canyon Randall is also coming off of a pair of convincing home sweeps, first against Plainview (25-9, 25-12, 25-15) and then against Caprock (25-9, 25-6, 25-4).
But just like Lake Travis, it will face a challenge in the coming week. Saturday afternoon Canyon Randall faces crosstown rival Canyon, No. 14 in the state, at 1 p.m.
Friendswood is coming off a (25-13, 25-20, 25-12) sweep against Clear Falls.
The Lady Mustangs have the easiest week ahead of the top three teams, with just one game, on the road against unranked Santa Fe.