With the third-place spot in District 8-4A and a 20-win season secured, the Stephenville High School Honeybees volleyball squad will be starting playoffs on Tuesday — Halloween night.
Coach Fran Metzger’s Honeybees took a 25-21, 25-23, 27-25 road victory over Waxahachie Life School Tuesday in the regular-season finale for both teams.
That gave the 20-21 Honeybees an 8-4 district mark, while Life School will enter the playoffs as the fourth-place team, at 6-6. If Life School had beaten the Honeybees to make both teams 7-5, they would have had to play a one-game district playoff.
Their opponent, which will be either Springtown or Kennedale, had not been decided as of press time. Those two teams, which are tied for first place in District 7, were tied in the final district standings and were to play a one-game district playoff Friday night (Oct. 27) to decide their playoff seeding.
Regardless of whether Kennedale or Springtown wins, the bi-district playoff details are already set. In either case, the Honeybees’ bi-district contest will start at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, in Aledo.
Metzger said that the Honeybees will likely be facing an equal challenge from either Kennedale or Springtown as they aim to advance to the area playoff round.
The Honeybees showed improvement over the first meeting with Life School, which went to a fifth set before SHS secured the win.
“We’ve got to keep improving on our game — just our hitting,” she said. “We’ve got to get more kills. We won it (over Life School) in three (sets) but they were all close. We did some right things as the right time, and adjusted to what they were doing better.”
In the win over Life School, the Honeybees had 45 kills as both Ashton Garner and Jayci Morton recorded 11 each. Salette Rios was next with 10 and Chloe Goodman had 7.
Hailey Martin led SHS in digs, with 14, while Maren Isham and Kristen Pettit added 7 each.
Life School had no service aces, while the Honeybees managed four.
“I thought we did a good job, in that we missed few serves,” Metzger said.