MESQUITE -- After winning almost 40 games, it takes a special performance to be the best of the season.
But that's what Waxahachie coach Sandy Faussett thought she saw Thursday night as her Lady Indians dominated McKinney North 25-12, 25-12, 25-8.
"I'm really pleased with that. They played really, really well," Faussett said. "That was hands down the best they've played all year. I've been happy with their performance a lot this year."
McKinney North knocked off Longview Pine Tree in round one and played in a tough district with Wylie and Lucas Lovejoy, but Waxahachie dominated from the first point on all night.
"That's a team that is talented. We talked about some things we needed to do and the kids did exactly that," Faussett said.
One of the biggest improvements for Waxahachie from round one was the service game. The Lady Indians had 14 service errors in the sweep of Corsicana, but just six against McKinney North.
"We're on the way back to our norm," Faussett said.
One of the best servers of the night was Sorrel Barnes. She isn't used to being in that position, but she did really well by serving 15 times in the second set.
"She started to get in a groove. That's not a role we had her playing in the back," Faussett said. "She had three aces and when she can get her serves in and step onto the court, she can play some great defense for us."
Barnes said she doesn't always like serving and she didn't know what came over her on Thursday. But whatever it was it helped her serve the best she has all year as she had 21 serves for 18 points
"I just get nervous and when I get nervous it frustrates me," Barnes said. "I was just motivated. I don't know what it was, but it just flew through me."
She wasn't the only senior that typically plays on the front row that had a big day at the line, Courtney Miller had 13 serves for 10 points.
Miller has been back for a couple weeks now from her knee injury and she just gets better and better each time out.
"Ever since she came back, she's just looked phenomenal," Faussett said. "The confidence is there, her jumping has gotten way better and we're really pleased with her."
Miller finished with 16 kills, six stuff blocks, six digs and six perfect serve receives.
Joining Miller and Barnes as key players on the front row is junior Lauren Atkins. She came on strong during the playoffs last year and is peaking at the right time again this year.
Atkins had seven stuff blocks and several other tips to keep points alive.
"She looked great tonight," Faussett said of Atkins. "That's just the blocks that resulted in a point. That doesn't count all the blocks she had to just tip balls."
As a team, Waxahachie blocked 16 shots and that gives the front row a lot of confidence going forward.
"Me, Lauren and Audrey (Willett) have been working really hard on our blocking and getting faster," Barnes said. "So I'd say that's a pretty good wall right there."
The middle blockers get better by practicing against each other every day in practice.
"We all compete against each other and make each other better," Barnes said. "It's fun practicing against each other. We've done a lot of middle on middle drills to get better."
Faussett knows that front row is going to be key for a long playoff run for the Lady Indians.
"Obviously in the playoffs, that's something we're going to need to go a long way," Faussett said.
That run will continue either Monday or Tuesday against Wylie.