The District 7-3A volleyball team was released Monday, and served as a stark reminder of just how dominant Stephenville was in league play.
The district champion Honeybees, who were eliminated in the Region I championship by No. 1 Abilene Wylie Saturday, took four special district awards and saw every other member of their regular rotation voted to the first or second team.
Senior middle blocker Natalie Tiner virtually never left the court while leading the team in blocks and also finishing among the leaders in kills and digs. Fittingly, 7-3A coaches named her the league's MVP.
Senior Dani Huckabee led the team in aces and kept teams off balance all season with her jump serve, earning the middle blocker the server of the year distinction. She was also among the team's leaders in blocks, kills and digs.
Junior Chrislyn Wells took setter of the year honors. She edged out Tiara Green, Stephenville's other junior setter, for the team lead in assists. Stephenville head coach Fran Metzger took the other special honor as the 7-3A Coach of the Year.
Kills leader Kristin Kaiser - who racked up an impressive 16 kills in four sets against Wylie Saturday - joins fellow outside hitters Sheridan Stokes and Brooke Harvick as first-team all-district honorees, while Green and outside hitter Leslie Billings earned second-team accolades.
Stephenville had eight seniors on the team - Tiner, Huckabee, Kaiser, Stokes, Harvick, Billings, Morgan Croslin and Hailey Morales. Two juniors - Wells and Green - will return in 2013.
The Honeybees won 18 straight matches before falling to Wylie, their longest win streak since claiming the 4A state title in 2003. They also won their first outright district title and made their first regional tournament appearance in nine years.