Waxahachie Ends Whitehouse’s Season in Bi-District Playoff Sweep
WILLS POINT -- Courtney Miller and the No. 19 Waxahachie Lady Indians came out firing and didn't stop until they had swept Whitehouse 25-13, 25-10, 25-10 in Tuesday's Class 4A Region II bi-district volleyball playoff at Wills Point High School.
Miller, a junior outside hitter, dominated throughout the match, racking up 21 kills, one block, and one ace in the three-game triumph over Whitehouse. Waxahachie (35-7) advances to to play Texas High or Wylie East in an area match. Whitehouse's 2012 season ends with a 22-14 record.
"Our main strategy was to play our game and leave everything out on the floor, to do what we can on our side and put as much pressure on them as we can to throw them off," said Whitehouse coach Britney Nordin. "Just put pressure on them. We were successful at it at times."
Fulani Petties led Whitehouse with eight kills, one block, and one ace, while fellow senior Angela Knight had three kills and 13 assists. Junior Kaitlyn Anderson had six kills.
Mary Kate Clark led Waxahachie with 23 assists to accompany her one kill and two blocks. Carly Hess had five kills, one block, and a match-high three aces, while Lisa Trevino had six kills. Lauren Atkins added three kills and one block. Shelbie Tucker dished out 11 assists.
Waxahachie jumped ahead 10-2 in Game 1 to take control. Whitehouse closed the gap to 12-8 thanks to two kills apiece from Petties and Knight, but never got closer.
Leading 9-6, Waxahachie separated itself from Whitehouse with an 8-0 Game 2 run before closing out the LadyCats for a 2-0 match advantage. Waxahachie led 13-1 behind five Miller kills to quickly kill any hope of a Whitehouse comeback in Game 3. The Tribe scored the final seven points of the game to finish the sweep.
Petties and Knight played their final high school matches for Whitehouse, which returns everyone else on its varsity roster in 2013, including five sophomores.
"We talked about today how far we've come from the beginning at our first tournament to now. It was really fun to see the improvement," Nordin said. "With two seniors, we're definitely going to miss them next year, but it's exciting to look on the roster and see so many juniors and even sophomores. There were times where we had three to four sophomores on the floor at the same time. That's really promising. It's fun to look to the future and see what we have coming up, and also for them to see our standard and what to expect next year."