Fans of the Waxahachie Lady Indians volleyball team can finally — after a 30-match in a 25-day start and a 31st match as the cherry on top Tuesday — catch their collective breaths.
The Lady Indians finished fourth in the Lone Star Circle of Champions with a 6-2 mark over the weekend, which included all-tournament team honors for Audrey Nalls, Alli Wells and Ragan Ward.
It was the third such honor this season for Nalls, second for Wells and first for Ward. The finish also marked the third for the Lady Indians in the top-four of their three tournaments this season.
Waxahachie did, however, fall six spots to No. 11 in this week's Texas Girls Coaches Association 6A poll.
Head coach Sandy Faussett said the 32-team tournament was "another good test" for the Lady Indians following the 61-team field the previous weekend during the Northwest ISD Invitational.
Waxahachie is now 27-4 on the season, following a three-set sweep on the road against Granbury on Tuesday, 25-15, 25-21, 25-10.
The Lady Indians do not then play again until Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. on the road against Forney. Their next home match isn't until 6:30 p.m. against Grand Prairie in the District 7-6A opener.
The sudden drop-off in the frequency of matches is not an unwelcomed occurrence for Faussett and company, either. She explained that "by then you kind of need it. It is great to get early experience, but you don’t have a lot of time to fix things. We will take it. It’s kind of a crazy start to the season, but now you know why we are so adamant about these kids coming back in shape and ready to go because we know what we are going to face.”
She added that the coaching staff has had much court time early in the season to make adjustments between the 11- and 8-match weeks. Coaching on the fly, while exhilarating at times and can be a true test of a team's maturity, is not always the best approach, Faussett said.
"Right up until this point we have been playing these really tough matches and trying to coach and make adjustments on the fly, which is great because it shows the maturity level of the team and their ability to do that," she said. "But it sure is nice when we get to slow it down a little bit and not have to be frantically making adjustments on the court."