The Lady Indians had the district championship and top-seed in the bi-district playoffs well in hand before the first foot stepped off of the bus Tuesday evening in Cedar Hill.
That fact didn't didn't deter the confidence of Cedar Hill though, as Waxahachie dropped the first set to the Lady Longhorns, 19-25. The Lady Indians — behind a record-setting performance by Audrey Nalls — then rattled off wins in the next three sets, 25-13, 25-21, 25-19, to finish the District 7-6A schedule with an unblemished record (14-0) for the first time since 2016.
"Tonight was difficult. Cedar Hill is a group of great athletes and they did some things that were very smart against us," head volleyball coach Sandy Faussett said. "Their purpose tonight was to try and stop Audrey Nalls and it was very evident, which forced us to do some different things. It was a perfect challenge for us to have to make some adjustments on the court before going into the playoffs.
"All in all, I am very glad with our performance. We have talked about teams trying to match up their better blockers against our strongest hitters and what that forces you to do is rely on your other hitters. Fortunately, we have those. I thought it was good to see."
Nalls broke her own 2016 program record (683) with a match-high 15 kills to move her total to 684 on the season. The senior added three aces and was 12-of-26 on serves received.
Courtney Crownover had one of her best nights at the net this season with 14 kills and two blocks, joining Nalls, Madison Babers and Essence Clerkley with a pair of blocks on the night. Clerkley and Babers also added five kills, each, while Ragan Ward also chipped in five and Macie Milholen finished with four.
Ward, who set the Lady Indians single-match record for assists against Mansfield on Friday, contributed 32 assists.
Alli Wells added 17 digs and Baylee Whitehead had 11. The latter also led the Lady Indians with 12 service points.
Waxahachie, which moved up to No. 10 in the USA Today Super25 national poll and held steady at No. 7 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association 6A rankings, ends the regular season at an impressive 42-4 overall. Waxahachie trails only No. 3 Byron Nelson as the top-ranked Texas team in the national poll.
Both polls will update once more before the playoffs begin next week.
The Lady Indians were 10-0 on both true home and away venues, with their only four losses coming on neutral venues during tournament action. They lost just three sets in the entirety of district play to 42 sets won.
The Lady Indians return to action at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Duncanville High School, located at 900 Camp Wisdom Road, against Richardson, which finished fourth in District 8-4A.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Fred Phipps/Daily Light contributed to this report.