DESOTO — Most teams are defined by how they respond to adversity.
A season-opening loss to the fourth-ranked team in the state certainly does not sound any alarms, but the Lady Indians rebounded from Monday’s loss with a pair of sweeps on Tuesday.
Waxahachie disposed of host DeSoto 25-12, 25-13, 25-19 and followed it up with a 25-6, 25-20, 25-13 win over Irving MacArthur.
Head coach Sandy Faussett was happy with Tuesday’s win and said the team has made strides despite not practicing since last week due to scrimmages and games.
“We haven’t had a chance to work on anything we’ve identified as weaknesses since last Thursday,” Faussett said, “but without having that time, I’m still pleased with how things are going.”
Waxahachie trailed just once in the first two games against DeSoto, even jumping out to a 18-3 lead in Game 2.
In the third game, DeSoto grabbed an 8-3 advantage before the Lady Indians began chipping away at the lead.
Waxahachie tied the game twice before eventually taking the lead for good on a kill by Jennifer Fiedler that gave the Lady Indians a 17-16 edge.
“It’s good to see your team battle back,” Faussett said. “I’m always going to be thrilled to see us fight like that.”
In their second match, the Lady Indians fell behind 2-0 in the first two games, but came back to win both.
In Game 1 against MacArthur, the Lady Indians went on a 25-4 run for a 25-6 win after the Lady Cardinals took an early lead.
It took a little longer in the second game, but the Lady Indians eventually overtook MacArthur with an 8-2 run that gave Waxahachie a 15-11 lead at the time.
The Lady Cardinals cut the lead to two at 20-18, but a four-point run put the game out of reach.
Game 3 was never in doubt after Waxahachie jumped out to a 6-1 lead. MacArthur made a run late in the game to cut Waxahachie’s lead to 20-13, but that was as close as the Lady Cardinals would get.
Katie Schlup led the Lady Indians with 16 kills over the two matches while Fiedler added 11, including seven against DeSoto. Rachel Hyatt and McKenzie O’Teter had three blocks a piece against MacArthur while Fiedler and O’Teter both had three aces against DeSoto.
Any disappointment Faussett had about how her team served Monday was put to rest Tuesday after the Lady Indians showed how aggressive they are capable of being.
“The first thing I mentioned to them afterwards was how well we served,” Faussett said. “The serve is the only time during the game when you dictate everything. Sometimes we back off and I just don’t understand that.
“But I thought we served very well tonight — much better than Monday.”
The Lady Indians practice Wednesday before continuing their busy first week with a at 2 p.m. Thursday against Highland Park. They close the week this weekend when they travel to Denton for a tournament at Denton Ryan.