The Stephenville High School volleyball team posted a 25-12, 15-17, 25-18 road victory over Alvarado Tuesday, improving to 6-3 in District 8-4A.

Coach Fran Metzger’s Honeybees, who moved up to 18-20 overall, have only three more district contests remaining before the playoffs roll around. SHS is still in third place in the district standings behind unbeaten Glen Rose and runner-up Midlothian Heritage.

Salette Rios smashed a team-high 9 kills in the win over Alvarado, Jayci Morton connected for 8 more and Ashton Garner had 6.

Hailey Martin had a dozen digs for the Honeybees.

“Salette Rios had a good game hitting,” Metzger said. “She hit the line well.”

Metzger said that all of her players got to play in the straight-set win, but it didn’t go without a hitch.

Stephenville managed 4 aces, but Metzger said the team had too many errors while serving.

“We missed too many serves. We served aggressive,” Metzger said.

Glen Rose had been ranked No. 1 in the state but dropped a non-district match to Callisburg, the No. 2 team in Class 3A. That moved Glen Rose to the No. 4 spot, while Heritage inched up to No. 2 behind the state’s new No. 1 team in the rankings, Bushland.

The Honeybees had an open date Friday, after a non-district game against Brownwood had to be canceled.

Next for the Honeybees will be a road match at Venus on Tuesday, followed by a Senior Night contest versus Glen Rose on Friday, Oct. 20, (4:30 p.m.), and the final regular-season game, Oct. 24 at Waxahachie Life School.

Looking ahead to playoff possibilities, Metzger said the Honeybees have to defeat Life School in order to insure they stay in third place. The top four schools make the playoffs.

The third-place team out of District 8-4A will be paired against the second-place team from District 7. Currently, Kenndale and Springtown are tied for second, both at 7-1.