Still searching for chemistry on the court, the Waxahachie Lady Indians opened the Denton Ryan Kick-off Classic with a sweep of Denison Thursday before being tripped up by Decatur.

Waxahachie bounced back in its third game to sweep McKinney and end the first day as one of the top teams in the Diamond Bracket headed into Saturday.

“We played OK, not great. I am very disappointed in the loss to Decatur, although they were a very strong team, we just didn’t play together as a team. We are still working to improve our offense,” Waxahachie head coach Sandy Faussett-Stoops said.

Kate Praslicka had 12 kills while Lacie Tucker had 13 points and 15 digs as Waxahachie defeated Denison 25-10, 25-11, 25-14 in the 9 a.m. tournament opener. Kristen Foster added three kills, seven points, six digs and three blocks in the match while Ashlyn Risk added six digs.

In round two the Lady Indians lost to Decatur 22-25, 25-12, 24-26, 23-25 in a very close match as Praslicka led the way with 17 kills, 20 digs, 18 assists and 16 points. Tucker was 21-of-28 on serve receive with 23 digs while Risk was 11-of-15 with seven digs as she continues to work her way into the lineup impressing Faussett.

Cara Partington added 19 assists, nine digs and 17 points in the loss while Foster had 11 digs.

The loss dropped Waxahachie from the Gold Bracket and placed it in the Diamond Bracket against McKinney, a team in District 10-4A with Richardson Pearce and Highland Park.

Waxahachie (4-1) held off McKinney in three sets (25-20, 25-19, 25-19) to pick up the sweep and advance to Saturday’s 9:30 a.m. match against Lake Dallas to see who advances to the Diamond Bracket championship.

Tucker was 22-of-24 in serve receive against McKinney while scoring 13 points and leading the team with 15 digs. Praslicka had 12 kills and eight digs while Courtney Miller, Foster and Carly Hess had three kills each. Kelsey Vincent added four kills after recording five against Denison.

Foster and Risk had six digs each while Foster had seven points and was 4-of-5 on serve receive completing a strong first day of the tournament.

Saturday’s game against Lake Dallas should be a win for Waxahachie as the Lady Indians swept the Lady Falcons Tuesday (25-20, 26-24, 25-14) in Lake Dallas.

Waxahachie practices from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. today to work on its team court chemistry before taking much-needed time off in advance of Saturday’s 65-mile drive back to Ryan High School.

Tuesday the Lady Indians will host Wylie and Rowlett in double header action beginning at 5 p.m.