Making a run for a state title and being in the playoffs is nothing new for the Waxahachie Lady Indians varsity volleyball team and head coach Sandy Faussett.
Waxahachie won a exciting four-set match over Pine Tree on Friday (25-10, 25-21, 20-25, 25-21), next the Lady Indians will face off against a familiar foe, the Mansfield Legacy Broncos at Duncanville High School at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The two teams, who are district opponents, met twice during the regular season this year, once while on the road on Sept. 23 then again at home on Oct. 24. Waxahachie claimed victories with three-set sweeps against the Broncos in both games, but that doesn’t mean that Faussett is over-looking their opponent.
“It’s like playing ourselves,” Faussett said. “They have really good ball control, they have a lot of hitters, they distribute the ball to a lot of players. So it’s very similar to our style of play.”
Senior middle blocker Ellen Platt (No. 8), who leads the Lady Indians in kills this season with 270, said she feels positive about facing Legacy again.
‘We’re confident, but not cocky,” Platt said. “We don’t want to go into the match arrogant, but we still want to have a good attitude about the game so we will play our best.”
Faussett said she knows what the team needs to do in order to keep the team’s goal and dream of bringing home a state championship trophy alive.
“What it’s going to take to beat Legacy is the same thing it did last time,” Faussett said. “We’re gonna have to serve tough, play great defense and our hitters are going to have to get high kill percentages.”
Platt, who is familiar with the Broncos, knows what her job will be in the game come Tuesday.
“We triple block against them,” Platt said. “They have a really good middle so we run three blocks in the middle whenever they hit out of there.”
The Indians hope to get past the Regional semi-final round, which they have made it to before being knocked out of the post-season for the last five seasons (2009), yet Faussett has continued to build up an impressive resume that includes more than 600 career coaching victories. Since her arrival at Waxahachie in 2001, Faussett has led the team into the post-season for 13 consecutive years, beginning in 2002.