Stephenville got just what the Dr. - or head coach Fran Metzger at least - ordered Tuesday night - a tough five-game match from a formidable foe before the start of District 7-3A play.
The Honeybees (9-19) dominated the fifth set, outlasting Robinson 22-25, 25-13, 15-25, 25-23, 15-5 at Gandy Gym. They begin defense of their 7-3A title at Hillsboro on Friday.
"It was our first five-set match of the season and it couldn't have come at a better time," said Metzger whose club won its fourth straight. "We played such a tough schedule early, then we hit a string of games here recently where we won pretty easily. I was glad to see us get tested again with a tough one."
Trailing the match 2-1 and the fourth set 14-9, Metzger used her final timeout of the set, and the Honeybees answered the call with eight straight points. Six came on Robinson hitting errors that sandwiched a kill by Kaleigh Conger and a stuff by Morgan Gibson.
"I was proud of how we fought back when things weren't going smooth," Metzger said. "We were committing too many errors and we weren't serving tough. Once we started serving more aggressively everything else fell into place and they were the ones with the errors."
Conger and Gibson each had 10 kills. Kourtney Seaton led the team with 12.
"All three of them played pretty well up front," said Metzger. "Kourtney and Kaleigh have been doing that all season for us, but here lately Morgan has really come on and been solid. She's just sound and doesn't commit many errors."
Robinson evened the fourth set again at 17-17, but Stephenville never trailed again - in the fourth or fifth games - after a kill by Conger restored its slim lead.
A kill by Seaton and a pair of Robinson miscues made it 24-20. Robinson scored three straight to make it interesting before another kill by Seaton ended the set.
The Bees dominated from the start in the fifth set, scoring the first three points, two on kills by Seaton and Conger. Seaton later landed an ace for a 9-3 advantage, and Chrislyn Wells finally ended the affair with her fourth ace scoring match point.
"I'm really proud of how much Chrislyn has improved her service game," Metzger said. "Early in the year she was having me call her serves, but now I don't even call them anymore. She picks the right spot in the defense and serves it aggressively and it's paying off."
After dropping the first set, Stephenville rolled through the second, including 12-3 run to break open a 7-7 tie. Two kills by freshman Nicona Stilwell began the surge, which included three kills by Gibson. Up 23-13, Stephenville picked up a kill from Mikayla Hobbs to reach set point before an ace by Gibson won it.
Robinson used a 9-2 run to break open a 7-7 tie in the third set, and cruised the rest of the way for a two games to one lead.