Stephenville (3-4) won two of three in pool play Friday, but reversed that trend and dropped two of three in bracket play Saturday at the Bev Ball Classic in Abilene.
The Honeybees played their best match of the young season in their Gold Bracket opener against Leander Vendergrift, says head coach Fran Metzger, and cruised to a 25-20, 25-21 victory.
Senior middle blocker Dani Huckabee posted a .444 attack percentage in the win, part of a .467 percentage for the tournament. She earned all-tournament honors.
The Honeybees had to move forward from the Vandergrift victory without junior libero Chrislyn Wells, who Metzger says suffered a concussion.
"She got hit hard. It was a heavy ball with no top spin so instead of dropping on her it stayed up and hit her in the face," Metzger said.
Class 5A Abilene knocked off Stephenville 25-18, 27-25 in the semifinals, sending the Honeybees to the third-place match where they fell to Lubbock Coronado, 25-8, 25-21.
"We did some good things, but we aren't very consistent yet and we have to eliminate the unforced errors," said Metzger. "Of course losing our libero hurt us, but we played well against (Vandergrift), really well."
Stephenville's home opener at Gandy Gym is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday against Abilene Wylie, the only team to defeat the Honeybees in pool play Friday.
Wylie won two tough sets, overcoming six set points to beat the Bees 26-24 in game one before taking game two 25-20.
Stephenville defeated Lubbock High, 25-19, 25-17, and San Angelo Grape Creek, 25-15, 25-14, to finish second in the pool and earn its spot in the Gold Bracket.
Tuesday's match will be between quite familiar opponents. Stephenville and Wylie met this weekend and Wylie was also in Stephenville's three-way scrimmage a week prior.
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