It didn’t take long to determine who was going to win Friday’s volleyball match between Waxahachie and Ennis.
The Lady Lions scored on an errant Waxahachie serve early in the first set, but that was the only point they would score.
Lady Indian sophomore Audrey Willett stepped to the line and served 21 straight points as Waxahachie rolled to a 25-1 victory in the first set. That just set the tone for the rest of the night as the Lady Indians went on to sweep after winning set two 25-7 and set three 25-5.
“We played a really clean game. I was pleased,” Waxahachie coach Sandy Faussett said about the victory. “We had ver few unforced errors and you have to stay intense the whole match.”
Waxahachie could have gotten lazy in that 21-point stretch, but it didn’t and kept the peddle to the metal all night.
“After that first set I told them that you have to respect your opponents enough that you always give your best effort. Always,” Faussett said. “You want to execute well.”
Willett’s 21 straight serves was an impressive feat and Faussett said they don’t keep a school record for consecutive serves, but it’s hard to top that. She was actually just short of the record for service points in a match, which is 24.
“That’s actually funny because I told her there at the end that she was getting close,” Faussett said. “When she went up to serve in the third game I put out two fingers to say she needed two more for the record, but she thought I was telling her a certain location to serve it to and she just missed it.”
While Willett couldn’t set the record Friday, she’s just a sophomore and will have plenty of time to approach the mark again. She also wasn’t credited with an ace despite her 24 serves. Celi Bruce had two aces in 12 serves. Waxahachie had five service errors, which accounted for almost half of Ennis’ points.
Thanks to the big victory, a dozen different Lady Indians got in the game. One of those that got some serious playing time that usually doesn’t is Jordyn Wiggings. This was her 11th appearance on the season and she played just about all of the last two sets Friday night.
“It’s kind of nerve-wracking because I’m not used to being out there, but when I do I just try to do my best to improve my chances of getting out there more,” Wiggins said. “I feel like I did as best as I could. It’s tough to stay focused in some games because I really want to be playing in the intense games.”
While Friday’s match was low on the intensity scale, she performed well as she had a new season high with 10 digs and serves with six. And even though she doesn’t get a lot of court time, she feels her game has gotten a lot better in recent weeks.
“In practice we have tough hitters to go up against and that has just made me feel better so I can be better in games,” Wiggins said.
The senior also thinks his team can be something special, especially if it plays together like it did Friday.
“We’re a great team and we know how to be a team together. When we play well and communicate well, we’re great,” Wiggins said. “We worked on getting our timing right and communicating well in loud, distracting matches.”
Waxahachie (25-5, 3-0 in 15-4A) will try to stay unblemished in district when it hosts Arlington Seguin (1-2 in 15-4A) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.