Game one witnessed the Waxahachie Lady Indians defeating rival Midlothian in four sets in front of a packed house in Waxahachie.
How would the Lady Indians respond without the large crowd and on the road?
Waxahachie swept Lake Dallas 25-20, 26-24, 25-14 Tuesday in a match that exposed areas that need improvement headed into this weekend’s Denton Ryan Varsity Kick-off Classic.
“It is nice to know that if we do not play our ‘A’ game we can still win,” Waxahachie head coach Sandy Faussett-Stoops said. “We have high expectations this season. In order to meet those expectations we have to take it up a notch and the girls understand that.”
Lake Dallas gave the Lady Indians all they could handle in the first set before building a 16-13 lead in the second.
Waxahachie (2-0) regrouped and responded by taking the second set 26-24 before stepping up its game in the final set to win by 11.
“We played closest to our ‘A’ game in the final five points of the third set,” Faussett said. “They exposed some things we need to work on, but thankfully we have a couple of days to practice this week.”
With only one full team practice under their belts heading into Monday’s season opener, the Lady Indians had to learn on the fly and find court-chemistry.
Lake Dallas managed to take Waxahachie out of its game Tuesday using soft play, including tips, that Faussett said will be a focus in practice the next couple of days.
Kristen Foster had another strong game for Waxahachie with 11 service points, four kills, 10-of-13 on serve receive and 11 digs.
Cara Partington continued to find success at the service line with 10 points following her double digit effort on Monday. She added six digs to a solid all-around game.
In kills, Kate Praslicka led with 15 while Courtney Miller had six. Lacie Tucker had 12 digs and was 16-of-22 on serve receive while Praslicka was 6-of-6 on serve receive with 16 digs.
Waxahachie opens play in the Kick-off Classic at 9 a.m. Thursday against Denison before playing again at noon against Decatur or Grapevine Faith.
If Waxahachie wins at noon it will play again at 4:30 p.m. before resuming play on Saturday.
In sub-varsity action, the junior varsity picked up its first win of the season with a 25-11, 22-25, 25-14 decision.
The Waxahachie freshmen are off to a hot start going 4-0 over the last two days.
Monday, Waxahachie split into two teams to face Midlothian. In the first game, Waxahachie beat Midlothian A 25-14, 25-14. The second game Waxahachie beat Midlothian B 25-21, 25-14.
Lake Dallas also boasted two teams Tuesday so the Lady Indians again split into two teams.
In the first game, Waxahachie defeated Lake Dallas A 25-15, 25-18. The second game Waxahachie defeated Lake Dallas B 25-14, 25-12.
The junior varsity will be off until Aug. 16, a home game against Wylie, while the freshmen will play in the Crandall Tournament Thursday and Saturday.