Tempers were flaring and there wasn't a smile to be seen on the sideline when Stephenville (24-15) and Granbury (24-20) met at Glen Rose High School for the District 8-4A seeding game on Friday.
Those tempers and dejected faces didn't belong to the Honeybees as they dominated every aspect of the match and claimed the No. 3 seed from the district in a 25-16, 25-20, 25-17 sweep.
“I'm really proud of the girls,” said Stephenville head coach Fran Metzger. “Our defense played unbelievable. We were aggressive in our serving, and we didn't miss those serves. Sometimes we tend to make mistakes when we play aggressive like that. Everything came together for us. We stayed intense and focused throughout.”
Granbury opened the match with a 3-1 lead and eventually stretched it to an 11-9 edge, but the Bees answered with a 16-4 game winning run on the strength of a pair of Kaylee Davis kill shots, two Bailey Williams kills, a Williams service ace and several Granbury mistakes.
Stephenville jumped out to an early lead in game two at 6-2.
Granbury clawed to within three, but Williams served up four straight to pad the Honeybee lead at 13-6. The teams stayed even over the course of the game until Granbury made it interesting in the final minutes.
With Stephenville only two points away from the win, the Lady Pirates reeled off a 5-2 run to bring the score to 24-20.
Mara Christian served up an ace on game point, however, and the Bees held on.
Game three saw kill shot after kill shot by the Honeybees as Christina Murphy, Becca Emmons, Brooklyn Moody, Senna Lasater, Williams and Davis all recorded kills. Rachel Choate also added to the scoring with a service ace.
The Bees built their lead to 23-13 and after two Pirate points, Davis landed a shot to bring the Bees to game point. Granbury added a couple more points to its side of the scoreboard before Emmons dropped one just beyond a Granbury block attempt to seal the win.
Stephenville will play District 7-3A runner-up Arlington Heights in Burleson on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.