WAXAHACHIE — Tuesday's home opener at George W. Solis Gymnasium was scheduled for five sets. It took four to trump home-court advantage and knock off Waxahachie.
The Lady Indians lost their second consecutive game and third of its last five after the 3-1 loss to the UIL 6A Lady Warriors.
It also came despite 30 total hitting errors from South Grand Prairie High School, 15 total kills from a high-flying sophomore Lacy Mott and six aces by the Lady Indians in the opening set.
Waxahachie (12-9) rallied after falling behind 4-1 in the first set. Behind bookend points by sophomore Lacy Mott and two aces by junior libero Alli Wells, three Lady Warrior errors and an Anna Rodgers block sandwiched in between, the Lady Indians led a 7-0 run and swung the score 20-13 in their favor.
They took the first set 25-18 during a 3-1 advantage and were powered by sophomores Madison Babers and Ragan Ward.
With the help of key digs from junior libero Janaya Allen and kills from junior outside hitter Tori Reagan, South Grand Prairie rallied from four points down to win the second set 25-21 and then won the third 25-18.
Waxahachie took a 7-2 lead during the fourth after three consecutive kills by Mott, junior Essence Clerkley, and senior setter Taylor Stoops. A block by Rodgers, a junior outside hitter, also helped the Lady Indians sprint to an early advantage.
South Grand Prairie's Lady Warriors staged another rally and swung the score 9-7 in their favor but it wouldn't be the last of the match. After taking a two-point lead in the middle of the final set, back-to-back-to-back kills by Mott and a dump (kill) by Stoops tied the match for the first time.
A combination stuff block by Babers and Stoops tied the game again at 17 and Milholen's kill in the match's waning moments deadlocked the score again at 21. The final set saw the lead change six times with a different Lady Indian providing the game-shifting score on each point.
While Mott split defenders with kills to force extra points in set No. 4, South Grand Prairie sealed the set 27-25 with a late kill.
Mott led all players with 15 kills, Wells (30) and senior Sara Sims (14) accounted for 44 of the Lady Indians 75 digs. Stoops (21) and Ward (18) finished first and second in assists.
Waxahachie, which fell to both Flower Mound Marcus and Red Oak High Schools in the Gold Consolidation Bracket of the Northwest ISD Tournament on Saturday, will look to rebound during the Friday and Saturday Arlington Invitational Tournament.
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.