ALEDO - When senior middle blocker Dani Huckabee slammed home a kill to give Stephenville (6-11) a 12-9 fifth-set lead, it was clear the Honeybees were on their way to victory over 5A Weatherford.
The 19-25, 25-23, 26-24, 15-10 win concluded Stephenville’s dual match at Aledo High School. Aledo swept the Honeybees 25-19, 25-17, 25-16 in the opener.
The Bees were in need of a quick turnaround in the second set with Weatherford leading 24-20, and got it from Sheridan Stokes and Chrislyn Wells.
Stokes, a senior, landed a kill to bring the Bees within three and give Wells the serve, and the junior defensive specialist cut into the Weatherford defense for six straight points and the win to even the match at a game each.
Senior Brooke Harvick saved the Bees with an aggressive block that made it 24-24 before Wells set up game point with an adventurous set over the net that landed awkwardly on the line between three Weatherford players.
Stokes stuffed home the game-winning block point moments later.
Stephenville committed three errors on its way to a 6-1 deficit early in the third set, but slowly climbed back into it.
An off-balance tip by Billings made it 14-14 before Tiner served three straight points and they led by atleast two the rest of the way. Kaiser landed the winning kill, rocketing a shot off a Weatherford block attempt.
Stephenville committed three errors to help Weatherford seize a 6-1 lead and full control of game four, but came back with a strong showing in the decisive fifth set.
The teams traded miscues with the Lady Roos leading 3-0 before the Bees rushed ahead 7-4.
Junior Tiara Green eventually aced a serve for a 10-6 Stephenville lead.
Huckabay’s big shot for a 12-9 advantage was followed by a Billings block that made it 13-9. Weatherford later committed an error before Harvick ended the match with a block point.
Stephenville led Aledo - the 12th ranked team in the LoneStarVolleyball.com statewide 1A-5A poll - 1-0 in the first, 4-0 in the second and 3-1 in the third but could never hold the advantage.
The Bees are in the Leander tournament this this weekend.
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