WAXAHACHIE — With Tuesday's 3-1 win against Waco Midway High School at George W. Solis Gymnasium, the Lady Indians won their 16th match of the season and fourth of their last five.
Waxahachie High School (16-10) entered the match on the heels of a four-set loss to Arlington High School that snapped a win streak of three games.
Head Coach Ryan Porter and the Lady Panthers had lost back-to-back matches to Cedar Creek and Dripping Springs High Schools, falling to the two teams by a combined total of four sets to one.
The loss to the Lady Indians made it three in a row.
"It was a great team effort tonight against Midway," said Sandy Faussett, Waxahachie's head volleyball coach. "In the fourth set, we came from way down to bring it to 21-24 and then win the match."
With help from its defense — via double-digit digs from Ryleigh Horn, Sara Sims, Taylor Stoops, Ragan Ward, Alli Wells, and Baylee Whitehead — Waxahachie allowed 10 or fewer points during a 25-10 first and third sets. They lost the second set 25-19.
The Lady Indians, powered by a game-high 13 kills from sophomore Lacy Mott and .600 hitting from junior Anna Rodgers, closed the fourth set 26-24 and the match on a 5-0 run.
Faussett noted serving and defense as key points during the win and aspects that could play a factor during Waxahachie's 6:30 p.m. Tuesday matchup against Forney High School at Solis Gymnasium.
"Sara served aggressively, scoring 15 points off her serve and had six aces and both Taylor and Rags did a great job running the offense," she said. "They, as well as every girl on the court, played solid defense. Alli, our libero, and the other DS's were solid on the court and provided great defense. Those are things we'll need to continue to be successful."
District 15-5A Forney (20-4) has the best non-district record among shared district programs like Highland Park (13-15), Lovejoy (21-8), and Mesquite Poteet (14-11) High Schools and has won four consecutive matches by shutout.
The Lady Jackrabbits are 8-2 in their last 10 games.
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.