WAXAHACHIE — Late Saturday, Alli Wells became the second Waxahachie High School junior to commit to a NCAA Division I School orally.
Fellow Lady Indian junior Audrey Nalls was the first after adding her name to Texas Christian University's potential recruit list on April 4. Texas Image Volleyball, club volleyball team Wells plays with during summer months, broke the news via Twitter.
"We are proud to share and announce our latest commitment," the club volleyball powerhouse stated in the post. "Congrats to 2019 [player] Alli Wells on her commitment to UTA."
Since helping Waxahachie finish 49-7 overall and 17-0 in District 10 as well as a regional semifinal berth in the University Interscholastic League 5A playoffs, she averaged two serve receptions, six digs and seven aces per match with TIV's Mizuno 16 team, according to team statistics.
During the 2016 season, she was No. 6 on the Lady Indians' aces statistical list with 27 in 134 sets played. She was also third in digs (293) behind senior Hannah Ramirez (680) and Nalls (405).
She added seven assists and one kill to Waxahachie's near state tournament efforts last season.
If she were to hold her verbal commitment with UTA and sign a National Letter of Intent on or before the deadline arrives on November 16 (early period) or August 1 (regular period), she would join recent Waxahachie graduate Paul Gonzalez as a Maverick.
She would also play beside Allie Deese, a former Midlothian High School Lady Panther and Texas Advantage Volleyball outside hitter and current UTA junior.
Led by Diane Seymour, the Mavericks finished 17-16 overall and 10-6 in the Sun Belt Conference. They also won 10 of their 15 games at the College Park Center. Seymour, the seventh coach in program history, resigned from her position in December.
She served as the women's volleyball head coach at UTA for 12 years, from 2004 to 2016.
J.T. Wenger, a former assistant at UCLA, Colorado and Michigan State regarded as one of the top young coaches in the nation, was named the head coach of the UTA volleyball program on Jan. 24.
---- Marcus S. Marion is the sports editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light and Midlothian Mirror. He can be reached by phone at (469) 517-1456 or across social media platforms @MarcusSMarion.