In their final tournament of the 2009 volleyball season the Waxahachie Lady Indians went out in style. Waxahachie claimed the consolation championship (fifth overall) in the gold bracket of the Frisco tournament.
Waxahachie opened the tournament with two wins in pool play before falling to McKinney North to begin bracket play.
“I was really pleased with the level of play with the exception of our serving game which is usually one of our strongest areas,” Waxahachie head coach Sandy Faussett said. “We had a strong passing game and defense on Saturday and both days our hitters were better putting the ball away for a kill.”
One of the team’s youngest hitters and all-around threat Kate Praslicka was named to the all-tournament team.
With a record of 4-1 in the tournament the Lady Indians improved to 15-9 on the season with three non-district games remaining. Waxahachie begins District 16-4A play on Friday, Sept. 11, at home against Corsicana.
Opening action in pool play was the Lady Indians against Green Hill. Waxahachie won in two sets 25-23, 25-19.
Praslicka had seven kills and six points while Taylor Hinds scored eight points. Stevetia Turner finished the game with five kills.
“McKenzie Gaither came in as libero in the second game and played outstanding defense,” Faussett said. “Stevetia Turner was 5 for 6 hitting, with no errors. She is really starting to play well for us.”
The second pool game, another nice win for Waxahachie, 25-7, 25-14, came against Plano Clark.
Hinds and Sophie Stevens led the team with four kills. Praslicka served eight points in the match including six aces.
The action from the service line was good for Waxahachie against Clark as Jory Hamilton served seven points with four aces, Lauren Wright served eight points and Meredith Backus served seven points with two aces.
Backus was five-for-six in serve receive.
“Strong serving from several players gave plano Clark a tough time in their serve receive game,” Faussett said. “We were able to receive several free balls or defend all high attacks. All team members contributed to this win.”
Opening round of bracket play the Lady Indians defeated McKinney North in the first set 28-26 before falling in the final two sets 25-21, 25-21.
“It was a great match with a lot of kills on both sides of the net,” Faussett said. “Scrappy defense and long rallies made this a really fun and exciting match to watch. The first game was tied five different times after 20. The kids kept their composure and played aggressive to win the first game 28-26.”
Backus was nearly perfect passing as she was 17-of-19 on serve receive. She also had 11 service points with two aces and 15 digs.
Praslicka led in kills (15) while adding three aces. Hinds had seven kills while Kristen Cotten (5) and Turner (3) combined for eight kills.
Gaither was second on the team with 11 digs. Wright and Praslicka each had eight digs.
Back on track, the Lady Indians defeated Denton 25-19, 25-18.
“We played consistent aggressive ball throughout. Continued to struggle with our serving game, but fortunately so did the other team,” Faussett said.
Against Denton, Gaither served 11 points with three aces. Backus and Brooke Robinson (5-for-5) each passed well for Waxahachie.
Praslicka had six kills and served 11 points with six aces. Hinds added five kills while Turner was great at the net with four blocks.
For the consolation title the Lady Indians defeated Hockaday 25-14, 25-21.
Once again the Lady Indians were led in kills by Praslicka with five. Hinds, Cara Partington, Cotten and Turner each had two kills. Cotten and Turner were perfect on kill attempts.
Hinds served 10 points and two aces from the service line while Praslicka had six points. Wright and Praslicka tied for the team lead in digs with eight each.
“All in all a great two days,” Faussett said. ”We spent a lot of hours on the court and came off a much more consistent and aggressive team.”
Next up for the road warriors will be Naaman Forest. Waxahachie will travel to Naaman Forest for a 5 p.m. game on Tuesday. On Friday the Lady Indians will travel to play Lake Dallas before playing their first home game on Tuesday, Sept. 8.