It’s true, diamonds are a girl’s best friend.
After suffering their first loss of the season in the Gold bracket of the Denton Ryan Kick-off Classic on Thursday, the Waxahachie Lady Indians returned to Ryan High School on Saturday playing in the Diamond Bracket.
Waxahachie (7-1) responded to a strong message from head coach Sandy Faussett-Stoops in the team’s Friday practice with back-to-back sweeps to claim the Diamond Bracket championship.
“The girls played two great matches today. The mistakes and concerns I had with Thursday’s performance were corrected and the overall intensity was up. I was very pleased with the team and the improvements we saw today,” Faussett said.
Opening play in the Diamond Bracket Saturday, Waxahachie defeated Lake Dallas 25-18, 25-17, 25-12 before blowing past McKinney North 25-13, 25-12, 25-16 in the championship game.
“Our libero Lacie Tucker and defensive specialist Ashlyn Risk played great matches against Lake Dallas passing the ball nearly spot on throughout the match,” Faussett said. “Ashlyn played an almost perfect match, she was 6-for-6 passing, had 16 digs with no errors, two aces and 13 points off her serve.”
Tucker had a strong match passing 25-for-29 with 12 digs and six points off serve.
All-tournament honoree Kate Praslicka had 15 kills, 10 assists and 11 digs in Waxahachie’s second sweep of Lake Dallas this season while Cara Partington had 21 assists and 10 points off serve.
Faussett noted both middle blockers were effective running the quicks as Carly Hess had six kills and three blocks while Kelsey Vincent had four kills.
In the championship match against McKinney North the Lady Indians seized the opportunity to bring home some hardware as the team had 11 aces.
Sophomore Courtney Miller led the way with eight kills while Hess added seven, Praslicka six, Kristen Foster five and Sophie Stevens four.
Partington and Tucker had nine points off serve each while Hess had eight, Foster seven, Praslicka six and sophomore Shelbie Tucker had her strongest game of the season with six points.
Tucker had 16 digs, Risk added nine while Praslicka had eight.
“We were very pleased with Courtney Miller’s performance in this game, eight kills with no hitting errors. She hit over .500,” Faussett said. “Also, Kristen Foster has been impressive in all areas and is a very versatile player.”
Coming off the strong tournament the Lady Indians will host Wylie and Rowlett tonight. The first match is scheduled for 5 p.m. in Solis Gym.
County and District 15-4A rival Red Oak won the Gold Bracket competition at the tournament for the second consecutive season.