Officially, Tuesday’s moon was not quite an actual full moon — it is not supposed to happen until Wednesday.
The volleyball match inside Solis Gym indicated otherwise.
Waxahachie, attempting to move into second place by itself, needed five games to beat a Lancaster team that has just one district win, 25-11, 25-11, 21-25, 23-25, 15-12.
“We won the first game pretty easily and the subs played Game 2 without missing a beat,” Lady Indian head coach Sandy Faussett said. “I’m not sure what happened after that. We lost our focus after winning the first two so easily I’m assuming.”
After breezing through the first two games, the Lady Indians began making unforced errors they had not been making since the start of district.
Lancaster compiled 24 kills in five games, which was just as many as Waxahachie senior Katie Schlup did on her own.
“We came out exactly like we needed to, then they started scoring points on a lot of unforced errors” Faussett said. “I feel really fortunate to get of there with a win. I really don’t know what happened.
“Everything fell a part in that third game. We were making errors I’ve never seen us make before. It was kind of scary.”
Despite the amount of unforced errors, the Lady Indians managed to keep the third and fourth games close.
The fifth game was close throughout, but the Lady Indians were able to pull out a three-point win.
“We served well in the fifth game,” Faussett said. “Our setters were smart about getting the ball to the right hitters and we finally adjusted to their tip that we didn’t adjust to in the fourth game.”
Schlup added two blocks and a pair of aces to her 24 kills. Rachel Hyatt was second on the team with 8 kills, Jennifer Fiedler finished with 7 and Caitie Campbell had 4.
Meredith Backus came off the bench to tally eight digs while Melissa Bryant led the Lady Indians with 26 assists.
Faussett is not concerned that Tuesday’s problems were physical.
“They were mental problems and had nothing to do with their physical ability,” she said. “You have to learn lessons the hard way sometimes. We just have to learn to push through and keep our focus, even after handling the first two games easily.”
Waxahachie returns to the court Friday against Corsicana, a team that has yet to win a district match.
When the Lady Indians hosted Corsicana three weeks ago, Waxahachie won in three games. Faussett said she will not dwell on Tuesday’s match.
“We’ll address it and move on,” she said. “Anything you dwell on will affect you for the rest of the season. We’ll address it and get back to work as quick as we can.”
Friday’s match at Corsicana is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m.