STEPHENVILLE - Same song, second verse.
After Stephenville fell to Aledo in the District 8-4A opener, the Bees responded with a six-match win streak.
Now, they're doing it again. The Bees lost a 3-2 heartbreaker to Aledo on Sept. 28, but have responded with three straight wins, the most recent coming Tuesday over Crowley.
And just like in round one, the Bees have been dominant in round two.
Stephenville made short work of the Lady Eagles, 25-19, 25-14, 25-23.
The little resistance Crowley did offer came in game three when the Lady Eagles built a 23-18 lead.
Stephenville answered the challenge with its most thrilling sequence of the night, stringing together seven straight points for the win and the sweep.
The rally began with Stephenville recording a side out to pull within four at 23-19.
Hilde Talsma served the entire run, which began with a kill by Christina Murphy to make it a three-point deficit.
MaKayla Elliott made it 23-21 with a thunderous kill shot in the middle, prompting Crowley to use a timeout.
Talsma hammered home an ace on the first serve out of the break, then Crowley was called for four hits to knot the score at 23-23.
A nice cross-court assist by Allison Snow set Murphy up for a kill at the end of a long back and forth volley to bring Stephenville to match point.
Elliott ended it with another big shot at the net, knocking a Crowley defender backward in the process.
“We needed that last little run,” Coach Fran Mezger said. “I'm proud of the girls and how they responded.”
Seniors Elliott and Claire Goodman each made 11 kills, while Murphy was also in double figures with 10.
Snow recorded 24 assists while splitting time with Brianna Bledsoe who finished with 12.
Defensively, the Bees recorded only five blocks as a team.
Sage Lasater led the team in digs with 14 while Bledsoe was right on her heels with 11.
Stephenville improved to 19-10 overall and 9-2 in District 8-4A.
The Bees travel to Joshua Friday. Stephenville swept the Owls in three at home on Sept. 18.
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 email@example.com.