In the time it takes to watch a commercial-free episode of “Law and Order,” the Lady Indians’ match against West Mesquite was over.
It took just 45 minutes of match time for Waxahachie to sweep West Mesquite (25-8, 25-11, 25-9).
The Lady Indians (27-3, 5-0) started game one on a 9-2 run and ended it on a 12-2 to show they weren’t messing around this time.
Last Friday, the Mesquite Horn Jaguars gave the Lady Indians four games worth of fight before it was all over.
“We started out really good last week and I think we sat back too much in the second game. Everyone was nervous and I don’t know why. But we regrouped from that and it’s awesome to know that we can regroup from something like that,” senior setter Cara Partington said. “But today we came out really pumped and we knew that we can’t look down on any opponent because we know it’s important to be on our game.”
Partington was definitely on her game Tuesday as she recorded eight aces, just two shy of the school record.
“I was just trying to be as confident as I could and one after another I got more confident as each one went in,” Partington said. “I was just thinking that nothing could stop me and I know how to serve. It was just me and the ball.”
She should have had at least nine, but she lost her last one after the officials ruled that West Mesquite didn’t hit the ball four times on the return.
Every one of about a hundred fans in attendance voiced their disagreement.
But that misfortune didn’t cost the team as it came with a 21-8 lead in the final game. But it did halt a streak of nine straight point the Lady Indians had, all served by Partington.
Lady Indians coach Sandy Faussett wished her whole team could serve like Partington did Tuesday. As a team, Waxahachie missed the other side of the net on five serves in the first game.
“That’s a confidence thing. You have to go back there knowing that you are going to hit the serve in. We’re a pretty good serving team, we just struggled with it tonight,” Faussett said. “In volleyball there are just two times when you can think: during the serve and during serve-receive. Other than that you are pretty much just reacting. But those are the two times when your thought process can really come into play.”
That lack of confidence didn’t carry over in the second game as they picked up right where the first game ended. The Lady Indians started on an 8-2 run and had a run of nine straight points in the middle of that frame to pull away.
Game two was the final game for senior captain Kate Praslicka, as she reluctantly sat out the last frame of the sweep.
In her two games, she recorded nine kills and five assists.
The kills were spread around pretty evenly Tuesday with six players getting at least three and no one having more than Praslicka’s nine.
“We have six kids that can really put the ball away,” Faussett said. “That’s the most positive thing about this group. We don’t have just one or two girls that can do that. We just have to spread it out and make sure it’s spread enough.”
Partington didn’t just serve well, she led the team with 15 assists and Faussett said she showed real leadership qualities in the match.
“I try to move the ball around and tonight all of our hitters were on fire,” Partington said. “Everyone was talking to me and it helps a lot when everyone was on their game tonight.”
The third and final game Tuesday was probably Waxahachie’s most dominant.
They allowed just the nine points, but ended on a 13-1 run, including nine straight at one point.
Even though the Lady Indians weren’t faced with much of a challenge Tuesday, Faussett thinks games like this can still be good for a team like her’s.
“Games like this, combined with some really tough practices in between, can be good for a team,” Faussett said. “We were able to work on some plays. We started the year with just three and we’re up to five now.”
Waxahachie will be able to show how much it improves over the next couple of days when it continues district play on the road against Terrell at 5:30 p.m. Friday.