WAXAHACHIE — Despite a last minute scheduling change Monday, the Lady Mustangs won their fifth game of the season, defeating Fort Worth South Hills High School in three sets at LWHS Gymnasium.
Life Waxahachie High School (5-2) swept the Lady Scorpions 25-14, 25-15 and 25-12 with the help of kills from seniors Giovanna Charles (16) and Madison Alexander (4), junior Anna Woodard (5), and sophomore Lauren Allen (4).
The match, however, didn't come without its odd occurrences.
As the Lady Mustangs funneled through blocking drills in preparation for a showdown against South Hills, they thought they had 24 hours to practice, prepare and rest before the non-district meeting.
Just as Life Waxahachie entered the meat of their practice regimen, Head Coach Nancy Moore said she heard a knock on the gymnasium door.
"[The South Hills head coach] had it wrong on her schedule," she said. "She emailed me Friday and asked and I told her Tuesday at 5 p.m. She told me 'I'll tell the buses to come a little early on Tuesday. We were in the middle of a drill and I heard banging on the door. I thought it was a parent. I didn't know if I could find officials but I had to try something."
What she found is bright yellow Fort Worth ISD buses parked outside, black-and-silver clad girls shuffling inside and herself scrambling to arrange for referees to officiate the varsity only match.
"I called Dawn Melton and told her I just needed two [officials]," Moore continued. "Luckily there were two in the area that were willing to come work."
Season schedules, while subject to change, are cemented in the offseason and agreed upon by both ISDs and coaches. Per a publicly available information on the Life Waxahachie website, the two teams were scheduled to play at 5 p.m. Tuesday at LWHS Gymnasium.
She said it might have been a good thing the impromptu match interrupted their practice because the same drills they were working helped them avoid the Scorpions' sting.
Senior Jada Lacy added two and Alexander and Allen chipped in a combined three stuff blocks. Woodard led the Lady Mustangs with 27 assists and sophomore Sydnie Wooten added six. Alexander (7), junior Aubrey Barnes (4), senior Ariana Robinson (3), Charles (2), and Woodard (2) accounted for the Lady Mustangs' 18 aces.
"Everything ended up working out," Moore said. "We were actually working on our blocking — we still had two other things to work on — when they showed up, but it's OK. Tomorrow we'll work on our blocking and passing and get ready for the Glen Rose Tournament on Thursday. There are going to be some tough teams in that tournament this year. Last season, our second game was against Weatherford. Yeah, it was tough. This year isn't going to be any easier, but I expect them to play well."
Weatherford's Lady Kangaroos finished 10-2 as Co-District 3-6A Champions with Keller High School. The Lady Mustangs will compete in the three-day Glen Rose Varsity Volleyball Tournament on Thursday.
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.