What started out as just another blow out win for the Lady Indians volleyball team became so much more.
With game two already in hand, senior Tori Bingham made her emotional return to the volleyball court to serve one point.
Even though the team lost that point, the team had no problem coasting to the victory in that set and the match against Ennis (25-10, 25-10, 25-13).
The fans in attendance applauded, cheered and some cried as that white No. 6 jersey that encases one of the greatest stories in the history of Waxahachie athletics checked into the game.
“I was really nervous at first, but after that first serve cleared it all just came back to me and I felt good,” Bingham said. “I never thought I would be out here again. It made me really nervous hearing everybody, but I am also grateful for everybody.”
Bingham made her first serve of the season one day shy of two months after a car accident that nearly took her life.
When she left the court after her serve, she was greeted on the bench by more ovation from the crowd and her teammates.
“She had been going through some practices, she does have some limitations, but she’s a spark for everybody because she’s proved to be an inspiration to this team,” Lady Indians head coach Sandy Faussett said. “I saw an opportunity to get her in and I walked up to her in the second game and asked her if the wanted to serve game point and she said, ‘Yeah.’”
The team rode that wave of emotion to a 17-10 lead in game three when Faussett called on her once again to serve.
But this time she wasn’t one and done.
Bingham served four straight points and Faussett left her in for the rest of the match, seven more points.
No. 6 even made her first dig of the season during that stretch, a play that garnered her more love from the crowd than her first serve did.
“I think the dig was more important than the serve,” Bingham said. “There wasn’t any fear, just nerves.”
Faussett said she was recently cleared to play and Bingham said she will continue to work and eventually getting more playing time.
“She’s only been through a couple work outs and she’s only playing back row, but she gets better everyday,” Faussett said.
“Anyone that has been around for her recovery and seen all the things she’s had to go through to get to this point knows this is a celebration of what she’s been able to do.”
With this emotional win, the Lady Indians won their 30th game of the season and are now 30-4 (8-1 in 15-4A).
This was a crucial victory for Waxahachie as it showed it can get right back on the horse after a hear-wrenching, five-game loss to Red Oak last Friday.
“We came back to practice and looked at some things that we identified that we needed to work on and hit the floor running and they came out today and took care of business,” Faussett said. “We’re ready to get better so we can rise to the occasion next time.”
Senior Kate Praslicka definitely took care of business by recording another triple double with 10 kills, 12 assists and 10 digs.
Junior middle blocker Kristen Foster added six kills and four digs.
Four other players had five kills: Sophie Stevens, Carly Hess, Kelsey Vincent and Lisa Trevino.
Senior setter Cara Partington led the team with 12 assists and three aces.
Senior libero Lacie Tucker added eight digs.
Lacie’s little sister, Shelby Tucker, recorded seven assists.
The team will be in action again Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Forney.
The last time these two teams faced off, the Lady Indians earned a hard fought sweep, 25-15, 25-16, 25-11 Aug. 30.
Forney has won two of its last three matches, including a (26-24, 25-12, 25-23) sweep of Corsicana Tuesday.