MANSFIELD — Back by a strong service game, Waxahachie freshman volleyball picked up a three-game tournament sweep and championship on Saturday at Mansfield Timberview High School.

“We served the ball really well,” said WHS freshman head coach Dana Scott of the 25-6, 25-14 win over Cleburne.

During the victory, Mache Jefferson led the team with 15 service points and eight aces.

The strong service game continued for Scott and company during their second-round win (25-14, 25-9) over Mansfield Summitt. Led by Tori Lattimer’s nine points and three aces, along with Kaylee Rutenbar’s eight points, Scott said her team did a good job to bounce back from a bit of slow start.

“We served the ball well again, and struggled a little on the serve receive, but came back together and cleaned it up.”

Pitted against 6A Mansfield High in the championship game, the Lady Indians struggled early on the defense on their way to a 15-25 first set loss.

“They were good,” Scott said, “but then it was like a light bulb came on. We played outstanding in the second and third sets.”

Waxahachie snagged tournament title with 25-20 and 25-26 set wins.

“Danielle Schmidt, Halle Bercerra and Madison Babers all got a lot of big blocks at crucial times. We played excellent defense, too,” Scott said. “It was scary how good it was. We looked better than a freshman team. It was a total team effort, and I couldn’t be more proud. They played better than any freshman team that I have ever coached.”

Like their junior varsity counterparts just did, the Lady Indians will play up a classification in the next tournament when they head to Mansfield on Saturday.

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Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith

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