History will show the Lady Indians lost six of seven games in two matches against state-ranked teams this week.
What it will not show is the fact that three of those losses were by two points and one was by three — a fact that is not lost on head coach Sandy Faussett.
Waxahachie played No. 7 Highland Park to the wire in two of Thursday’s three games before falling 25-23, 25-17, 25-22.
“These girls have set high goals so we’re going to try to compete at the highest level we can,” Faussett said. “At this point we play great for moments and then go into a lull. We’ve got to get to a point where we’re maintaining our great play.”
Although the Lady Indians are just a week into the season, Faussett has grown weary of the close losses. In games against teams that were not state-ranked, the Lady Indians are 2-0 with a pair of sweeps.
“If this keeps up I’m going to get sick of losing two-point games to good teams,” Faussett said. “Right now when it’s close late we’re waiting for the other team to make a mistake instead of going to get the win. Those games will eventually start going our way.”
After digging themselves an early hole in Game 1, the Lady Indians fought back with a 10-2 run that tied the game at 16-16.
The teams traded points until the game was tied at 23-23, but Highland Park was able to earn the final to points for the win.
Game 2 got off to a vastly different start as it was Waxahachie who grabbed the early lead as the led by as many as four at 7-3.
Highland Park pulled within 10-8 before going on a 7-0 run to tack control 15-10.
From there, the Lady Scots scored 10 of the final 17 points to take a 25-17 win.
The final game of the match was eerily similar to the first game as Highland Park jumped out to an 8-3 lead.
Waxahachie stormed back to within one point at 9-8 before the Lady Scots began to pull away again.
The Lady Indians were within one point three other times with the last coming on a Rachel Hyatt ace that cut Highland Park’s lead to 18-17.
Waxahachie was within two points at 22-20 and 24-22, but could not get any closer before the Lady Scots closed out the match.
“Highland Park is a great team, but we had way too many unforced errors that we have to eliminate,” Faussett said. “Defensively we’re doing some great things, but it’s only a couple people doing them. We have to get everyone on the same page.”
Faussett also said the Lady Indians struggled with their passing, which resulted in low kill numbers. Katie Schlup, McKenazie O’Teter, Jennifer Fielder and Hyatt led the team with three kills each.
“Everything starts with passing and it’s just a matter of getting your feet there and doing it,” Faussett said. “We spent an hour and a half practicing passing and serving (Wednesday) and I’m not sure if the game reflected it.”
Sophomore Caitie Campbell led the Lady Indians with five blocks, three of which came in the Game 1 comeback.
Waxahachie plays at the Denton Ryan Tournament this weekend.