WAXAHACHIE — Ferris and Life Waxahachie High Schools and TAPPS 1A Waxahachie Preparatory Academy played three 40-minute matches each against each other and Lrt Worth's Young Women's Leadership Academy on Friday at LWHS Gymnasium.
While Ferris' varsity Lady Yellow Jackets went 1-3 and Waxahachie Prep went 0-3 in scrimmage action, Head Coach Nancy Moore and Life Waxahachie finished the warm up tournament 2-1-1.
LIFE WAXAHACHIE VS. YWLA
The varsity Lady Mustangs won their first match against YWLA 25-22 and 21-17 in two sets. After roaring out to an 18-9 lead in the first, the Lady Tigers rallied to bring the score to 21-15 and again to draw the score within two points at 24-22.
A hitting error ended the set and gave Life Waxahachie an early lead. In set No. 2, the Lady Mustangs scored three straight points to push the lead to 10-9 behind the strength of back-to-back aces from Madison Alexander.
YWLA, however, rallied again.
The Lady Tigers tied and took the lead in the middle of the second set after an eight-point scoring run. Aces by Alexander (2), Aubrey Barnes and Anna Woodard, as well as four blocks by Giovanna Charles. Woodard and Lauren Allen helped Life Waxahachie close the gap, but YWLA took the second game 21-17 and forced the tie as time expired.
Alexander closed the match with four kills, two aces and a block and Charles, a senior outside hitter, had three kills, an ace and two blocks — one of which was shared with senior middle hitter Jada Lacy.
The Lady Mustangs also received 19 points after YWLA committed 18 hitting and serving errors.
LIFE WAXAHACHIE VS. FERRIS
The Lady Mustangs took their second match of the day after nearly sweeping Ferris and winning the first and second set 25-6 and 25-5.
Alexander and Charles buoyed the Lady Mustangs' charge after scoring four kills each. Woodard also landed aces in the first set — including four consecutive to earn Life Waxahachie an early 5-0 lead — for a total of six.
Allen, Alexander, Charles and Lacy all added either multiple kills or stuff blocks in the second set and during the 13-13 third-set tie. Ferris scored four of their 13 points in the final set via kills, two via aces and one after a mid-set block.
The remaining six points came from Life Waxahachie serving and hitting errors.
The two Ellis County teams in the same classification faced off in the second matchup of the day and for the only time during the regular season.
Life Waxahachie is in the UIL Region I 8-4A with Alvarado, Glen Rose, Godley, Midlothian Heritage, Stephenville and Venus High Schools. Ferris is in the UIL Region II 12-4A with Caddo Mills, Community, Crandall, Ford, Kaufman and Terrell High Schools.
LIFE WAXAHACHIE VS. WAXAHACHIE PREP
Life Waxahachie won its second match — and final of the day — after sweeping Waxahachie Prep in two sets and less than an hour after the Lady Warriors lost YWLA 25-8, 25-7 and 12-8 in three sets.
Though the Lady Warriors took an early 3-0 lead with a trio of kills, Life Waxahachie used accurate scoring hits from Charles and aces from Ariana Robinson to first put the match on even ground and then out of reach.
The Lady Mustangs won the first set 25-8, took the second 25-7 and closed the day with a 20-5 third set.
LIFE WAXAHACHIE JUNIOR VARSITY GOES UNDEFEATED
The Lady Mustangs' junior varsity 1 and junior varsity 2 teams won sets each against Ferris and YWLA, finishing the day undefeated.
The JV1 team defeated the Lady Tigers 2-0 and then swept Ferris in two sets. The JV2 team won one-set matches against Ferris and YWLA. Both teams, as well as Moore's varsity squad, were scheduled to face Princeton High School on Saturday at PHS Gymnasium and Kaufman High School at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday at LWHS Gymnasium.