MIDLOTHIAN — It was supposed to be a varsity volleyball tournament with a varsity champion, which makes it a good thing no one informed the Waxahachie Lady Indian junior varsity of such a requirement.
Waxahachie (9-2) rolled into the Midlothian Heritage volleyball tournament after a disappointing Tuesday showing against South Grand Prairie. After dropping the opening set of pool play, the same Lady Indians departed on a 12-set win streak and with a varsity tournament championship.
“It was a huge confidence booster for my girls,” WHS head JV coach Erika Weber said. “Our level of excitement and intensity was higher than I have seen this year. Our serving was consistent and aggressive both days and we really limited our unforced errors.”
The Lady Indians entered the championship bracket play after a hard-fought three-set win over Burleson, and straight set wins over Venus and West Mesquite.
On Saturday, Waxahachie first throttled Dallas Williams (25-1, 25-2).
Then, behind Fayth Hunt’s six kills and five more from Macie Milholen, the Lady Indians defeated Palmer (25-11, 25-18) en route to a showdown with the host team, Midlothian Heritage.
As a whole, the Lady Indians proceeded to play their best game of the season, Weber said. Courtney Crownover posted six service points and two aces, Baily Whitehead led the team with 16 digs, Milholen picked up eight kills and Becca Pulfer got up for four momentum-swinging blocks.
“I was just extremely proud of them,” said Weber after the 27-25, 25-20 win. “Their determination, even when things didn’t go their way, was awesome.”
The Lady Indians return to the court Tuesday against Midway before a Saturday-only tournament at Mansfield Summit High School. Waxahachie has two pool play games slated for 8:45 and 10:15 a.m.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith