HAMILTON - Brooke Harvick was confident this was just how it would go.
The senior outside hitter who has become a big part of Stephenville's attack could just feel it.
"I have a lot of confidence in us; we all do," said Harvick moments after scoring the block point that ended Stephenville's 25-13, 25-21, 25-21 sweep of Gatesville (35-6) in the 3A Region I quarterfinals at Hamilton High School Tuesday night.
"Before this year we hadn't even won area in several years, so getting to the regional tournament was a big goal," Harvick said. "We knew we had a chance, especially with six returning seniors."
The regional tournament is exactly where the Bees are headed, and they have a 3 p.m. Friday match with Lubbock Cooper in the regional semifinals. The regional final is 3 p.m. Saturday, with all the action unfolding at The Coliseum in Snyder.
Lubbock Cooper trailed 2-1 after three sets but won the final two to eliminate Big Spring Tuesday.
Stephenville (29-16) won for the 17th straight time, largely because of aggressive serving without the errors, and because of a big night up front from Harvick, Dani Huckabee and Natalie Tiner.
"It was the best we've played all year," said Stephenville head coach Fran Metzger, who is taking the Bees to regionals for the first time since they won the 2003 4A state championship. "We've worked hard for it and seem to be peaking at the right time."
Huckabee had 11 kills while Harvick had nine with no errors on 15 sets for a match-best .600 attack percentage.
"She's really come a long way; it's been fun to watch her and all the girls enjoy this run, because they deserve it. They have earned it," Metzger said. "(Harvick) was really hitting that line down the right side and they couldn't seem to handle it. She's also hitting it well off the block."
The Honeybees dominated the opening game from the onset, jumping in front 6-0 with Huckabee serving and Tiner landing two early kills and a block. Gatesville never got going, and Stephenville led by as many as 15 at 22-7. Harvick had the winning kill, giving her the winning point in two of the three sets.
"That felt great; it sealed the deal to go to regionals," Harvick said.
And the senior could care less whether it's Big Spring or Lubbock Cooper awaiting the Bees in Snyder.
"No, I don't care; not at all," she said. "We didn't know anything about Gatesville and we did well, so I'm not worried about who it is. We just have to stay focused and play like we did in this (match), with the same fire and intensity and will to win."
Stephenville trailed by four twice early in the second set, but Kaiser serves and Huckabee block points helped the Bees to four straight points and an 8-8 tie. A Huckabee tip moments later evened it up at 9-9, and Gatesville committed two errors and a foul over the next four points to push it to 13-9.
A block point by and three straight kills by Gatesville middle blocker Ashley Cook evened it up at 13-13, and the Lady Hornets took a pair of two point leads with the last coming at 19-17.
Two Gatesville errors and a block on a join effort between Huckabee and Leslie Billings made it 21-19 before a Kaiser ace really put the pressure on the Lady Hornets.
A kill by Stokes and and two Huckabee blocks made it 24-21 before Cook committed a Gatesville hitting error to put Stephenville up by two sets.
Tiner dominated the third set with five early blocks and Kasier used back-to-back kills for a 10-3 Stephenville advantage.
Gatesville pulled within three on three occasions before kills by Huckabee and Harvick surrounded an ace by Wells for a 23-17 lead.
With the rowdy Stephenville crowd echoing the team's mantra of "I BEElieve that we BEElieve" throughout the gym, Huckabee killed one to bring up match point before Harvick finished the deal.
"We were strong on our serving, and that kept them from getting the pass up to (Cook) as much," said Metzger. "When they got it up to (Cook), she was effective."
Five different players - Huckabee, Stokes, Kaiser, Wells and Tiara Green - combined for five aces while Stokes had seven kills, Kaiser six and Tiner four. The attack was set up by Green with 16 assists and Wells with 15.
Tiner led in digs with 11, Stokes added nine, Kaiser eight and Green, Huckabee and Harvick each had four.
Abilene Wylie, Monahans, Liberty Hill and Springtown were the other regional quarterfinalists in action Tuesday. Results of other matches were not available at press time.
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