Fran Metzger has good front court players who will rarely have the opportunity to attack the net. 

The veteran Stephenville High School volleyball coach also has good backcourt players who will rarely be asked to receive an opponent's serve.

"These nine kids (on the varsity roster) are very talented and versatile," said Metzger, who has 495 career wins including 376 at Stephenville. "I have kids who won't play front court who probably could just about anywhere else, and I have kids who won't play in the backcourt who could anywhere else.

"It's a great problem to have," added Metzger, who says she will use this weekend's scrimmages to work on finding the best rotation for her team.

"The key is finding the best way to position the nine," she said. "It's exciting to get to work on our rotation and try to make it the best we can."

Stephenville - including all its sub-varsity clubs - hosts Aledo, Abilene Cooper and Abilene Wylie in scrimmage play today before scrimmaging in Birdville Saturday. The Bees host Burleson in the regular season opener Tuesday.

"We want to make a good showing," said Metzger. "We'll be measuring where we're at compared to the last few years at this point, and I think we'll find that we're ahead."

That's especially true from an offensive standpoint, as the Bees return five regulars including a setter and four front-line hitters.

"I think at the net we'll be dominant," said the 18th year SHS head coach who has led the Bees to the playoffs 16 times. "I have high expectations for our hitters, and so far in practice they've been living up to them."

Metzger will also be gauging her squad's defensive progress.

"It will be interesting to see how we look on defense, especially with service receive," she said. "We've been working on that."

The Bees open with Abilene Cooper at 10 a.m. before facing Aledo at 11 a.m.

Aledo eliminated the Honeybees in tightly-contested area round playoff matches last fall and in 2009. The schools have also met in the football, girls basketball and softball playoffs in recent years.

"I was impressed because the girls were talking about Aledo and they even knew the names of the girls they have returning," said Metzger. "I'm glad we're seeing a team like Aledo because they will show us where we're at and where we need to be."

Metzger doesn't mind her team already thinking about playoff-caliber opponents, as long as they don't lose their focus.

"We know we have to take care of business in district, but it's pretty much a given that we'll make the playoffs," Metzger said. "You want your kids thinking that way, as long as you keep them focused. They know the teams we need to be able to beat."

After a break, the varsity Bees return to Gandy Gym to scrimmage Abilene Wylie at 1 p.m. today.

The JV and freshman Honeybees will also be in action today and Saturday.