ABILENE - Kristin Kaiser's impressive double-double wasn't enough for Stephenville to secure its first win Tuesday night.
The junior outside hitter was a force both offensively and defensively with 15 kills and 20 digs, but the Honeybees committed 14 service errors and 3A power Abilene Wylie prevailed in four back-and-forth sets, 26-28, 28-26, 25-20 and 25-23.
"You can't commit 14 service errors, that's way too many," said Stephenville head coach Fran Metzger while viewing her team's stats after the match. "I knew we committed quite a few, but I didn't realize it was that many."
Metzger also felt her team tightened up down the stretch in the decisive fourth set.
"I thought we looked tight, we kept just tipping the ball to the middle," said Metzger. "Wylie did a great job of picking up the tip all night."
The opening sets were tic-for-tac between the two perennial playoff programs.
"I thought we were going to get a 'W,' said Metzger, who entered the season with 495 career wins including 376 at Stephenville. "I was proud of the girls for pulling it out in the first set. If we would have just pulled it out in the second set I think we would have won."
The Bees have dropped five straight matches to begin the season. They fell to Burleson in their opener before going down three times in the prestigious Duncanville Tournament of Champions last weekend.
"We're going to put it all together one night and get us a win," she said. "That will be exciting."
Becca Hall had 11 kills and Leslie Billings added seven. Sheridan Stokes posted 12 digs, Dani Huckabee had 11 and Chrislyn Wells added 10.
Huckabee also served three aces with one error. She was the only Honeybee with a positive service percentage.
"We would serve hard and miss, then we would ease up too much and Wylie would handle it easily," said Metzger, whose club had half as many aces - seven - as service errors. "We have to find that happy medium."
The Bees head to New Braunfels for tournament play Thursday-Saturday.