MANSFIELD — Though it seems more formality than something questioned from season to season, the Waxahachie Lady Indian volleyball team, under the tutelage of head coach Sandy Faussett, will once again return to the UIL postseason.
The Lady Indians defeated Mansfield Summit in four sets Tuesday to clinch the playoff berth, 21-25, 30-28, 25-13, 25-16.
The win moved Waxahachie to 25-14 on the season and 8-4 in District 10-5A. All four district playoff spots are now set, with Waxahachie joining Midlothian, Mansfield Lake Ridge and Red Oak.
A Midlothian loss against either Lake Ridge on Friday or Mansfield Timberview the following Tuesday combined with Waxahachie wins over Mansfield Legacy and Red Oak would move the Lady Indians into third place in the district standings. If the Lady Panthers win their final two games or if Waxahachie loses either of its two, the Lady Indians will enter the playoffs as the No. 4 seed, as Waxahachie sits one-game back in the district standings.
On Tuesday, Audrey Nalls continued her play above the net with a team-high 21 kills, while Essence Clerkley added 10 and Courtney Crownover had five.
Sara Sims and Baylee Whitehead led the Lady Indians on the back row with 17 digs, each. Ragan Ward and Taylor Stoops each recorded 11 service points and led the team with nine and 39 assists, respectively.
Waxahachie will travel to Mansfield for a 5:30 p.m. match against Mansfield Legacy on Friday. The Lady Indians swept the Lady Broncos in their first district meeting this season, 25-11, 25-12, 25-17.