JUSTIN — Waxahachie’s volleyball team goes to the Justin Northwest Tournament because of the high-level of competition.
This year was not different as the Lady Indians were pooled with 5A Southlake Carroll, sixth-ranked 5A Abilene and second-ranked 4A Hereford.
The result was three losses, but head coach Sandy Faussett said the Lady Indians will be better because of the experience.
“That is the most difficult pool I’ve ever seen in my 17 years of coaching,” Faussett said. “We played well in our last two matches, but Southlake and Abilene just had so much coming at us and do so many things we don’t see at the 4A level.”
Waxahachie was able to rebound after pool play and won its first match in the challenger’s bracket against Frisco.
Hereford won the day’s first match, 25-13, 25-14 and Abilene took a 25-23, 25-17 in the the Lady Indians’ second match.
Pool play ended with a 25-17, 25-11 loss to Southlake Carroll, which eventually won the pool.
“I was a upset with how we played against Hereford, they’re a 4A school and that’s the one I wanted to play good in,” Faussett said. “We just didn’t show up. We actually played better in the games against 5A schools.”
After dropping the first game to Abilene by two points, the second game was tied 8-8 before the Lady Eagles went on a 10-0 run.
“I was glad to see us come back and play like we did against Abilene and Southlake,” Faussett said. “Those teams were just better than us. They were jump serving and they were so big they could hit over our block or around it.
“It was good for us to see teams at that level because you don’t get that opportunity a lot.”
Waxahachie rebounded from the three losses with a 25-23, 25-4 win over Frisco in the first round of the challenger’s bracket.
In the second game, Katie Schlup served 10 straight points, four of which came from aces.
Jennifer Fiedler finished the game with six kills while Shlup and Rachel Hyatt had five and three respectively.
“We got to go back (Saturday) and win our bracket,” Faussett said. “I won’t be satisfied with anything less and I don’t think the girls would either.”