Competing in their final tournament of the year the Waxahachie Lady Indians took fifth in the Arlington Invitational Saturday at Lamar High School.
For the second straight tournament the Lady Indians lost the second match in bracket play before rolling through competition in the fifth place bracket. On the season the Lady Indians have won the Diamond Bracket in the Denton Ryan Kick-off Classic and took fifth in the Bryon Nelson and Arlington tournaments.
“This was a really tough tournament with some great teams,” Waxahachie head coach Sandy Faussett-Stoops said. “There was high level of competition both days. With the exception of the Northwest game, the team played very well and kept their composure during some tight matches. They were aggressive late in the matches which shows that they have confidence in each other and what the team can accomplish.”
No. 4 Waxahachie opened the tournament with four wins on Friday before topping Denton Guyer 25-17, 25-22 on Saturday to open bracket play.
Northwest handed Waxahachie its third loss on the season, all coming in the second round of bracket play in tournaments, 25-22, 25-14, Saturday sending the Lady Indians into the fifth place bracket.
Waxahachie defeated Richland 25-15, 25-18 in the first game of the fifth-place bracket before taking fifth with a 12-25, 25-23, 25-16 win against host Arlington.
“Our passing game was ‘on’ as Lacie Tucker, Ashlyn Risk and Kristen Foster continue to receive serve very well,” Faussett said. “They are also all playing great defense for us. Our hitting game is improving with several hitters contributing in the kill category. The setters have been able to move the ball around a little bit more than we have done in the past and it makes us more difficult to defend.”
With the 7-1 performance in the tournament the Lady Indians have jumped out to a 22-3 start to the season as the team prepares for District 15-4A.
Waxahachie also finished fifth at the Arlington Invitational last season and like last year Kate Praslicka earned all-tournament honors. It was the second time this season the senior earned all-tournament status as she was named to the Denton Ryan all-tournament team.
Praslicka had 13 aces, 83 assists, 71 kills, 40 points and 77 digs in the eight games during the tournament to lead Waxahachie.
The middle continues to improve for Waxahachie and this tournament was no exception. Carly Hess, Kelsey Vincent and Kristen Foster had one of their strongest tournaments of the year according to Faussett. Hess and Vincent had 11 blocks each with Foster added 10. All three contributed in kills as Hess had 28, Vincent 20 and Foster added 18.
Courtney Miller had 40 kills while Sophie Stevens had 15.
Cara Partington had 78 assists and 45 points while Shelbie Tucker 14 assists.
Lacie Tucker had 93 digs and 46 points off serve while having a good tournament on serve receive.
With the tournament season complete the Lady Indians return to district play tonight against Forney. Varsity game play is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
The first district test of the season for the Lady Indians comes Friday as they play host to Mesquite Poteet.