It’s not too early to dub a volleyball match as the game of the decade.
This Friday’s matchup for the Lady Indians will at least be a match two decades in the making.
Waxahachie will host Red Oak at 5:30 p.m. Friday and this has the build up of much more than a late September volleyball match.
The Lady Hawks haven’t lost a district match since 1990. That means no high schooler has been alive long enough to know about that.
In case you were wondering, “Dances with Wolves” won the Oscar for best picture in 1990.
But that was 21 years ago and things are different now. No. 4 Waxahachie (29-3, 7-0 in 15-4A) is the favorite and is the home team.
Waxahachie head coach Sandy Faussett said this will “absolutely” be the most intense regular season game she has ever been a part of because of the pressure on both squads.
“There is pressure on them to defend the streak and pressure on us to take care of what we know we can do,” Faussett said. “I think that kind of evens everything out on both sides. We’re going to go in believing that we can take care of business.”
And the coach has every right to think that as her team keeps meeting every challenge it is confronted with and hurdling them like their nothing.
“We’ve played some tough teams along the way and this team knows they can win that match,” Faussett said. “They just have to go do it.”
The latest hurdle Waxahachie has faced is the injury to starting libero Lacie Tucker, who will miss at least two weeks with a back injury.
But the team promoted Shelby Walton from the JV squad and she played like a seasoned veteran Tuesday.
Senior middle blocker Kelsey Vincent said things like that just make this team that much better.
“We’re having some difficulties, but we have such a strong team,” Vincent said. “We are fighting through that and its just making us stronger.”
The Lady Indians have nine seniors on the roster that want nothing more than to see this streak snapped.
“It would be awesome,” Vincent said. “I want to ruin their record. It’s time that it ends.”
The No. 18 Lady Hawks (20-11, 7-0 in 15-4A) made sure their streak was alive going into Waxahachie by sweeping Corsicana Tuesday.
As much as she wants to end this streak, Vincent knows the team shouldn’t give this more significance than any other game.
“We’re just going to treat it like it’s another game,” Vincent said. “We’re not going to blow it out of proportion because when you do that you get nervous.”
New state poll released
This week’s TGCA state polls have been released and the Lady Indians find themselves at four again, looking up at the same three teams.