Stephenville makes quick work of Southwest
By BRAD KEITH Sports Editor
GRANBURY - Stephenville (23-11) is moving on in the Class 4A volleyball playoffs after quickly dismantling Fort Worth Southwest (19-9) Tuesday, 25-18, 25-13, 25-16.
With the win, the Bees advance to play District 5-4A Champ Denton Guyer Tuesday in the second round. First serve is set for 7 p.m. in Peaster.
MaKayla Elliott sent the game's first message at the net with a kill to begin the match.
Elliott would go on to lead the Bees with 10 kills and an ace offensively.
Brianna Bledsoe stepped up with 16 assists, seven digs and an ace for Stephenville.
Claire Goodman and Kelsey Anglin tallied four kills each, while Allsion Snow helped out with 10 assists.
The Honeybees pulled off the three-set sweep despite missing Sage Lasater, who sat out with a brace covering most of her right leg.
Stephenville Head Coach Fran Metzger said her team clearly misses Lasater on the floor.
“She's so quick and covers so much ground,” Metzger said.
With Lasater out, Mara Christian was called upon to step up her defensive play and posted 10 digs.
“Mara did a good job. She stepped it up and came through for us,” said Metzger.
If Southwest had any hopes of an upset, they went away early.
Stephenville jumped out to a quick 8-1 lead after four straight points with Bledsoe serving.
Southwest pulled to within two at 12-10, but the Lady Raiders served more than once without a side out only three times as Stephenville pulled away down the stretch.
A similar start to game two had Stephenville well on its way to the sweep. The Honeybees jumped out to a 13-3 lead and never led by less than seven the rest of the way.
Southwest was able to hang around in the early stages of game three. The score was tied as late as 9-9 before Stephenville broke it open.
Six straight points with Bledsoe again firing serves over the net made it 15-9.
Elliott followed Bledsoe and served up four straight points that all but sealed the deal for the Bees.
Brad Keith is the sports editor at the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at (254) 965-3124, ext. 241, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.