LANCASTER — News of a season sweep took a backseat Tuesday, as Audrey Nalls finally returned to action for the Lady Indians.
The reigning District 10-5A MVP recorded 15 kills in limited action during the three-set (22-13, 5-3) Waxahachie win over Lancaster, 25-15, 25-13, 25-13.
Nalls, who finished with a .542 hitting percentage, also led the Lady Indians with a pair of aces.
In addition to the TCU commit, Macie Milholen continued her hot hand with eight kills (.429 hitting percentage), Essence Clerkley added seven kills and Ryleigh Horn had three. Taylor Stoops accounted for 33 assists and her seven service points tied with Sara Sims for the team lead.
Baylee Whitehead posted a perfect 3.0 passer rating with five passes on target, while Allison Wells had 10 on target passes for a 2.10 rating. With opportunities for digs at a premium, Stoops led the team with five, Whitehead added four, and Wells and Sims had three.
The win helped the Lady Indians pace in the District 10-5A playoff race and kept Waxahachie three losses clear of fifth-place Mansfield Legacy. With six games to play, Waxahachie needs any combination of four wins or Legacy losses to clinch a playoff berth.
The Lady Indians trail Midlothian by one game in the loss column and also sit two back of Red Oak and Mansfield Lake Ridge.
Waxahachie returns to the court Friday, Oct. 6 at home against (28-8, 7-1) Mansfield Lake Ridge. A win puts the Lady Indians' dreams of a district championship back in their own hands with matches against Midlothian and Red Oak on the horizon.
The first serve is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at George W. Solis Gymnasium on the Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy campus. The Lady Indians will celebrate their junior high volleyball teams during the match.