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Notebook: Waxahachie volleyball demonstrates potential while battling injuries; Carroll cross country teams claim title
Few area volleyball teams have been as impressive through the non-district season as Waxahachie.
Sandy Faussett’s squad has defeated ranked 5A opponents Hebron and Richardson Pearce during the last two weeks. It also beat 4A power Lovejoy at the Northwest ISD Classic in August.
Waxahachie’s impressive resume propelled it to No. 2 in SportsDay’s area rankings, behind only Bishop Lynch.
In what will be a crowded 4A Region II playoff bracket, Waxahachie is certainly among the favorites to advance to state.
“It’s really a race to see how much more we can improve before the end of district play,” Faussett said. “When you play tough teams, it exposes some weaknesses for you to focus on.”
Right now Waxahachie (26-5) is just focused on getting healthy. Sixth-ranked Highland Park defeated Waxahachie on Tuesday, 25-16, 20-25, 25-21, 25-23. Waxahachie was without three of its hitters.
Waxahachie doesn’t have the luxury of time, though. It opens district against defending 15-4A champion Red Oak at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Courtney Miller was the team’s kills leader before her injury at the Denton Ryan Kick-Off Classic. She had 146 kills in just seven matches.
“We’ve really had to rely on our defensive game,” Faussett said. “We try to be scrappy and force the other team to hit the ball to score points.”
Waxahachie beat Red Oak at the Denton tournament on Aug. 17, then lost to its district rival at the Arlington Invitational on Aug. 30.
Southlake Carroll sweeps: The Southlake Carroll boys and girls cross country teams swept the competition for the second straight week, winning a team title at the Southlake Carroll Invitational on Saturday.
Antigone Archer placed fifth (18 minutes, 34 seconds) to lead the Southlake Carroll girls, with Katherine Burnham (18:40) and Samantha Young (18:41) also in the top 10. Carroll had 62 points, edging Hebron, which was second with 67.
Jacob Pickle (15:28) and Connor Hendrickson (15:39) led the Carroll boys by finishing second and third, respectively. Carroll won with 50 points, and Keller was second with 93.
Wakeland, Highland Park claim titles: The Highland Park girls cross country team cruised to a victory at the Eagle Invitational in McKinney on Saturday.
Highland Park had three top-10 finishers: Becky Ketch (21:02), Kate Krikorian (21:04) and Hope McLaughlin (21:24). Highland Park scored 46 points, beating out runner-up Frisco Heritage (67).
Frisco Wakeland won the boys title with 82 points, and Coppell took second with 93. Justin King (18:03) led Wakeland with a seventh-place finish.
Staff writer Kyle Fredrickson contributed to this report.
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