MANSFIELD, Texas — Swoosh was the sound of the right arm Capri Davis, a proverbial pendulum that threatened to cut the Lady Indians away from their No. 6 state ranking and position atop District 10-5A.
She, senior Josannah Vazquez and freshman Madison Williams' 37 combined kills also looked to separate Waxahachie High School from its seven-game winning streak.
Those wishes, despite an early lead in every set except one, weren't enough for Mansfield Lake Ridge High School to hand the Lady Indians their first loss of district Tuesday at MLRHS Gymnasium.
Though the Lady Eagles closed the initial set 25-21 on the heels of back-to-back-to-back serving points by Mansfield Lake Ridge senior setter Megan Herring, Waxahachie roared back in the second. After taking a 6-2 lead the Lady Eagles held it until the 18th point of the match.
Junior Taylor Stoops (22 assists, 2 kills) not only returned the favor to Herring, but she also bettered her effort.
Stoops' four consecutive serving points gave Waxahachie an early 4-1 lead and some breathing room. The Lady Eagles front line rotation of Vazquez (14 kills, 2 blocks), Davis (13 kills, 4 blocks), Williams (10 kills, 3 blocks) and senior Markenzie Benoit (6 kills, 5 blocks), however, began to wear down a Lady Indians lead that had grown as large as six points.
During the second set, sophomores Nalls and Allie Wells and seniors Megan Six, Shelby Martin and Hannah Ramirez helped neutralize the trio — despite back-to-back blocks by Benoit and four kills by Davis that closed the points gap to one — of Davis, Williams and Benoit, win the set 26-24 and even the match at one set apiece.
Nalls, who lead Waxahachie in kills (16), digs (22) and blocks (7), and Wells, Ramirez and Martin (21 assists, 6 kills), who notched 15, 12 and 10 digs, respectively, helped their team rally in the second set and hold leads in the third and fourth.
Seven serving aces by Stoops (3), senior Kendyll Armstrong (2), senior Amarie Hester (1) and Ramirez (1) didn't hurt, either. Behind kills from six different Lady Indians, Waxahachie outscored Mansfield Lake Ridge 50-41 in the final two sets to close out the Lady Eagles 25-21 and 25-20.
While Mansfield Lake Ridge tangles with a red-hot Red Oak High School (5-3) — winners of its last three games — on Friday to determine third place in the district, the Lady Indians will face a familiar foe in county rival Midlothian High School.
The victory placed Waxahachie two games ahead of a Lady Panther team it will face at 5:30 p.m. Friday at MHS Arena.
The Lady Panthers (6-2), which hold second place in District 10-5A, lost to the Lady Indians in four sets on Sept. 13 at J.W. Williams Gymnasium.The Lady Panthers are 4-1 at MHS Arena and have lost at home since falling to Lake Highlands High School on Aug. 23.
The Lady Indians are 10-0 on the road this season.
EXTRA SETS: Despite being undermanned against Mansfield Lake Ridge High School, the Lady Indian freshmen A and B teams won their matchups with the Lady Eagles 25-22 and 27-25 and 25-17 and 25-12, respectively, Tuesday at MLRHS Gymnasium.
Kaylee Rutenbar led the A team with nine serving points and Cinnamin Witherspoon led the B team with 10 points. The freshmen A team is now 7-1 with their only district loss coming during a match against Midlothian High School.
They will face the freshmen Lady Panthers at 6:30 p.m. Friday at MHS Arena.