WAXAHACHIE

The Lady Indians have still yet to lose a set on the new home court at Mike Turner Gymnasium after a sweep of Grand Prairie in their District 7-6A opener Friday.

Granted, the match was the first for the (29-4, 1-0) Waxahachie volleyball team at home since a three-set sweep of rival Red Oak on Aug. 13.

"I loved the way our setters ran the offense, and we ran things tonight that we have worked in practice but haven't run in the game, and that was nice," said Faussett of the return home and easy win, 25-10, 25-8, 25-11. "It was also nice to see that we have the confidence to run those kinds of things."

A quick look at the box score does not tell the story of just how dominant the victory was, either.

OK, sure, Audrey Nalls recorded a match-high 16 kills, while Courtney Crownover had nine and Essence Clerkley finished with eight. Ragan Ward also added 30 assists and Fayth Hunt chipped in eight.

But the real dominance by the Lady Indians was behind the service line.

Led by Ward and Baylee Whitehead, who accounted for 20 and 13 service points, respectively, the Lady Indians had one of the more aggressive and productive service nights of the season.

And Faussett was downright giddy with their performance.

"They had a great serving night and we scored a lot of points off of both of their serves. They were on it tonight," Faussett said. "Boo's (Whitehead) ball moves so much and they both can position serve so well. Usually, one of the two is the first server for us."

She added that the entire team was "focused tonight" behind the service line.

"You have to serve aggressively and gone are the days that you can just pop the ball over and just wait for the other team to make a mistake. We are just way past that in the sport of volleyball," Faussett said. "You have to take some risks in your serving game by either position serving really well or being aggressive. I feel like we have come a long way to improve [in both]."

Waxahachie built a 15-7 advantage in the first set behind an excellent service run by Whitehead.

Essence Clerkley followed Whitehead’s lead and fired home a pair of aces after she recorded a kill to end a two-point Grand Prairie run.

Am Audrey Nalls kill of a Ragan Ward assist then sparked a Lady Indian scoring run to force a Grand Prairie timeout with Waxahachie up big, 22-10.

Ward ended the first set with a pair of aces after a Nalls kill for the 25-10 win. The Lady Indians recorded six aces in the opening set.

The hot serving hand for Whitehead continued midway through the second, as she recorded five more service points and three aces to extend the Lady Indians lead to 13-3.

Ward then took over behind the service line to build their advantage to 17-4.

Clerkley, Courtney Crownover and Lacy Mott all added kills down the stretch to push the Lady Indians to set point, 24-8. 11 then terminated the set-winner from the left side through a pair of Grand Prairie blockers.

Two kills for Nalls and Crownover combined with two Ward aces shot the Lady Indians out front 6-0 to start the third set.

The lead was never threatened.

Waxahachie won the third set on a Clerkley block from the center, 25-11.

UP NEXT

The Lady Indians return to action next week against the only two District 10-5A foes to make the jump up to District 7-6A.

Waxahachie first travels to Mansfield for a 5 p.m. match Tuesday against Mansfield Summit. The Lady Indians then return home to host University of Texas-commit Madi Williams and the Lady Ridge Lady Eagles at 5 p.m. Friday.