The Lady Indians coaches closed the annual three-day high school volleyball clinic at Solis Gymnasium Wednesday, but hopefuls will have to prepare for demanding tryouts still ahead.

The tryouts will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday at Solis for all athletes interested in trying out for the 9th, JV or Varsity teams and require a physical in order to tryout.

The optional camp, held from July 27 – 29, was designed to prepare athletes for the upcoming season and give them an opportunity to play together before next week’s trials. The camp had 23 10th-12th grade participants and more than 20 ninth graders attend.

“The three-day, three-hour camp is grueling,” women’s athletic director and Lady Indians head volleyball coach Sandy Faussett said. “It includes conditioning that prepares them for the demands of long workouts and games in the very near future.”

Faussett is no stranger to winning ways or the work ethic needed to succeed at the 5A level. She is the 17th active coach in the state of Texas to have 600 wins and has led the Lady Indians to 12 playoff appearances, nine regional appearances and one area championship in 14 seasons with the WISD.

Waxahachie teams have also broken individual school records in kills, blocks, assists, digs, aces and points during her tenure. Kelsey Teal, under the tutelage of Faussett, became a four-year varsity volleyball letterman and co-captain and broke the WHS volleyball record for assists, aces and points scored in a season in 2004. Faussett said that the optional camp is essential to a winning culture.

“Most of our kids work hard through the year and come back in great shape,” said Faussett. “This clinic just gives them a few more touches and lets them go through the tryout process with a limited amount of soreness and enables them to play and compete for a spot on one of our teams.”

Faussett said the coaches are expecting about 60-65 athletes to show up for tryouts. They will select at least 32 girls to fill the rosters of the freshman A and B teams, the Junior Varsity team and the Varsity squad.

“The varsity team returns 7 players from last year’s team along with a strong group of seniors,” said Faussett. We are looking forward to a great week of tryouts and an exciting season.”