BURLESON - Jordan Jacobs and Briana Sharratt slammed down 13 kills each and No. 8 Aledo (32-8) won three back-and-fourth sets to eliminate Stephenville(22-17) in four, 25-20, 27-25, 21-25, 28-26, in a 4A area-round playoff match at Burleson High School Thursday.
Aledo, which meets either Granbury or Springtown in the regional quarterfinals next week, has won three straight playoff meetings over Stephenville. The Lady Cats also ended the Honeybees' 2006 and 2008 campaigns.
The loss marks the fourth straight year Stephenville has gone down in the second round.
The fourth set was the second of the match to be tied 10 times. Stephenville led as late as 25-24 after Brooklyn Moody's seventh kill of the set. She finished with a team-leading 12 kills.
But Aledo roared back, scoring on a tip by Jacobs and an ace to tie it again at 26-26 before Stephenville was called for a penalty and Jacobs landed the match-winning kill. The senior middle blocker scored five times in the set and eight in the match on block points.
Aledo took control of the match when they won a similar second set that was also tied 10 times. Tyler Gromann finally won it with a block point, giving the Lady Cats a commanding two-game lead. It was Gromann's second game winner after she finished off the first set with a kill.
Stephenville found life in the third set, jumping out to a 5-1 lead on the strength of Mayra Castillo's serving, a block by Davis and a kill by Moody.
Aledo tied it briefly at 6-6, but Dani Huckabee knocked down three straight kills to give the Bees the advantage for the rest of the set. The sophomore outside hitter had another kill to open up a 19-11 advantage and finished the set with five kills.
Senior middle blocker Kaylee Davis finally won the third for Stephenville, blasting home a kill off the slide play the Bees mastered this season. Davis had a slow start, but stepped up in the final two sets to tally nine kills. She also scored five times on block points.
The Bees led early again in the decisive fourth set, scoring four straight after Aledo posted the first point. The Lady Cats came back quickly, tying it at 6-6.
Aledo was ahead 18-14 before Stephenville battled back only to fall short at the end.
The first game was also back and fourth, featuring six ties before Aledo scored 11 of the final 17 points.
It was the third meeting between the rivals, who split matches early in the season.