Hours after the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association ranking was released with the Waxahachie Lady Indians tied for 10th the girls in white and green took the court in double header action against Wylie and Rowlett.
Showing they are an improved team from last season’s regional qualifier, the Lady Indians swept Wylie 25-12, 25-16, 25-22 in the opener Tuesday before topping Rowlett in four, 25-15, 23-25, 25-23, 25-19.
With the two victories, Waxahachie improved to 9-1 on the season earning its ninth win nearly two weeks ahead of last season’s pace that saw the team drop games to both Wylie and Rowlett.
Waxahachie opened quick against Wylie and took control of the match but let the Lady Pirates back into it midway through the second set before the third match was the closest of the three.
Whether it was overconfidence or a lack of respect for their opponent, Waxahachie head coach Sandy Faussett-Stoops made sure the Lady Indians regrouped before playing Rowlett.
“I think we learned a lot from the first match today. We came out really strong in the first set and then just kind of let it go. We had players not perform up to their ability level so we called them on that between games and said that is not going to be good enough,” Faussett said. “Coming back into the second match against Rowlett I felt like those players stepped it up and gave us what we expected out of them.”
Waxahachie defeated Rowlett 25-15 in the opening match as it took advantage of 10 Lady Eagle errors.
The errors continued for both teams in the second set but Rowlett managed to force six ties and three lead changes before escaping with a set victory.
With their quick offense and solid defense Rowlett remained in each of the final two matches but the Lady Indians found a way to win both with powerful kills from Kate Praslicka and Courtney Miller and a strong passing game.
“Rowlett is such a great team to play against because they have a lot of offense, they are scrappy and they run a really quick offense in the middle which is probably the best one we have seen this year. It was a challenge for us to make an adjustment and get up our block in time. It was a good win,” Faussett said. “The biggest thing I like to this point is our passing game. Lacie Tucker, Ashlyn Risk and Kristen Foster all have done a real good job back there getting us a good ball on serve receive. I like that our hitters are flexible enough so we can move them around without changing the lineup.”
Tucker was 37-of-39 passing, finishing just three passes under the team record of 40 set by Meredith Backus in 2009. Tucker had 30 digs, 11 shy of the record, to lead the team.
Foster was 9-of-14 passing with nine digs, three blocks and six kills for Waxahachie while Praslicka had 15 kills, 25 assists, 21 digs and was 5-of-5 passing.
Waxahachie opens play in the Byron Nelson Volleyball Classic Friday with a 2 p.m. match against Hereford in pool play before playing against Wichita Falls Rider at 4 p.m.
Bracket play takes place Saturday before Waxahachie opens District 15-4A play next Tuesday in Ennis starting at 5 p.m..
In freshman action the Lady Indians defeated Wylie 25-3, 25-17 before topping Rowlett 25-16, 25-14.