RED OAK — With a win at home Friday against rival Waxahachie, the Red Oak Lady Hawk volleyball team can check a few things off of its season — and career — lists.
This group of Lady Hawks has never beaten the Lady Indians in a district match at the varsity level. The two-set sweep of Waxahachie during the Northwest ISD tournament on Aug. 19 marked the first time Red Oak defeated its neighbor to the south since 2013 — snapping a seven-game skid.
A victory would mark the first time the Lady Hawks have played a perfect round of the district schedule since the second half of district play in 2013. That run came during a 12-match winning streak that ended in the third round of the playoffs against Lovejoy.
Back-to-back three-set road sweeps of Mansfield Timberview and Mansfield Summit on Friday and Tuesday extended the Lady Hawks' current winning streak to 20 matches. Red Oak has not had a 21-game winning streak since a 27-match streak in 2009. That Lady Hawk team finished the season 40-5 and lost in the regional finals in four sets to JJ Pearce (11-25, 16-25, 25-22, 18-25).
Of course, a win on Friday will also give Red Oak head volleyball coach Hope Porter her 300th career victory. Porter has compiled a 299-107 recond in her nine years leading the Lady Hawks.
According to MaxPreps, (28-3, 6-0) Red Oak leads (21-12, 4-2) Waxahachie in the "Battle of 77" 12-10 since 2005.
Friday promises to be entertaining.
First serve is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Red Oak.