WAXAHACHIE — An aggressive service night carried the Lady Indians to a bounce-back home win in District 10-5A.
Waxahachie defeated Mansfield Timberview on Tuesday inside George W. Solis Gymnasium, 25-10, 25-12, 25-16.
"The whole picture tonight — from our passing game to running our offense quickly — was great," Waxahachie head volleyball coach Sandy Faussett said. "We are really trying to speed it up, and we are starting to do that much, much better. We are also starting to get better connections on our hits and those timing issues aren't timing issues anymore. We are starting to clean those miscues up a little bit and that needs to happen at this point in the season."
Down 21-5 in set one, Timberview rallied a little but a Taylor Stoops kill and Lady Wolves error gave the Lady Indians the first-set win, 25-10.
Timberview carried the boost of confidence into the second set, holding the lead into the 11th point, 6-5. Back-to-back kills by Essence Clerkley put the Lady Indians ahead, and Stoops followed by firing a Timberview free ball to the floor for an 8-6 advantage.
Three Sara Sims aces then sparked an 8-1 Lady Indian run for a 15-8 lead in the second set.
After a pair of side outs, Stoops served the next six points behind an ace and three Audrey Nalls kills.
Nalls, who was all over the court throughout the match, finished with 19 kills (3 errors), eight digs and a pair of aces. Faussett said it was Nalls' most complete match since returning one week ago.
One of Lacy Mott's five kills then came from the right side off of a Stoops assist and pushed the Lady Indians to set point.
Clerkley and Anna Rodgers then teamed up for a block and the 25-12 second-set win.
The hot serving hand transferred to Allison Wells in the third set, as the Lady Indians reeled off the first eight points.
"Both Sara and Alli went on big scoring runs. Alli is our first server, and in two of those sets, I thought she did a great job to give us a headstart, especially in that last one," Faussett said. "Our serving game, across the board, was aggressive and consistent. It was very nice to see."
The third-set lead was never seriously threatened while the Lady Indians used strong front row play from Courtney Crownover, Macie Milholen, and Madi Babers, in addition to Nalls and Rodgers. Waxahachie quickly built a 20-10 advantage.
Fausett noted the importance of the late-game action for Crownover, Milholen, and Babers, and said, while all three played well, she was thoroughly impressed with the latter's play.
"Madi has really come on," said Faussett of the 5-foot-6 front row player. "She is a sophomore playing up for us, and she gets better with every practice. Today was a day that we actually got to see her progress on the court during a game."
Milholen capped the sweep with a kill from the middle for the 25-16 third-set win.
Stoops led the Lady Indians with 22 assists and Ragan Ward added five. Sara Sims turned in another solid back-row performance with seven digs and a team-high four aces. As a team, the Lady Indians recorded just 13 unforced errors, which included limiting their miscues to three errors in the first set and seven in each of the next two.
With the win, Waxahachie moved to 23-14 on the season and 6-4 in district play.
The Lady Indians return home to face Midlothian on homecoming for a 5:30 p.m. first serve. The Lady Panthers won the first matchup this season in five sets, 25-23, 22-25, 23-25, 25-22 and 15-8.