The two preseason volleyball scrimmages Stephenville’s Honeybees had Friday and Saturday showed they had an abundance of scrappiness — and a lack of overwhelming height.
The Honeybees played host to three other schools for Friday’s scrimmage, rotating 45-minute segments against Fort Worth Paschal, Krum and Abilene Cooper.
On Saturday SHS traveled to Gatesville for a similar four-way scrimmage, this time taking on Temple High, Killeen Shoemaker and host Gatesville.
The result of Stephenville’s regular-season opener, Tuesday evening at Burleson High School, was not available at press time.
Although scores were not kept for any of the scrimmages, observers noticed the same aspect of the 2017 Honeybees that coach Fran Metzger had previously mentioned entering the season.
“A lot of people’s comments were that we scrappy,” Metzger said.
After losing some key taller players to graduation last May and seeing how Friday’s matches went, Metzger moved freshman Jaydi Griffin, a 6-foot-tall outside hitter, from the junior varsity to the varsity.
Metzger noted that the overall competition level was a little tougher Friday for the Class 4A Honeybees, against larger schools including Class 6A Paschal.
“We blocked a lot better Saturday than we did Friday,” Metzger said. “I saw improvement overall, in various parts of the game.”
The next outing for the Honeybees will be Aug. 10-12 at a tournament hosted by Austin Westwood.