Abilene Wylie beat Stephenville (3-5) for the second time in a week Tuesday night, this time spoiling the Honeybees' home opener in four sets, 25-19, 25-21, 19-25, 28-26, at Gandy Gym.
The Bees fought back after a hitting error left them trailing 21-14 in the fourth set, answering with two of Kristin Kaiser's 11 kills and two Wylie errors to make it a three-point game.
It was back and forth from there with the Bees serving one into the net before a Tiner kill brought them back to within three. Kaiser blasted another kill off one of Sheridan Stokes' 10 assists to make it 22-20 before Green landed one of her three aces to cut Stephenville's deficit to one.
Wylie called for time, but when play resumed Tiner, who had nine kills and 13 digs to go with a handful of blocks, drilled one from the middle to even the score at 22-22.
The back and forth rallies resumed with the Bees serving long and out of bounds, Tiner landing a kill, Wylie scoring on a block and Dani Huckabee tipping one home to make it 24-24. Huckabee's tip fought off the first of four match points Stephenville would face.
The Bees took time after a kill put the Lady Bulldogs up 25-24, and Wylie committed an unforced passing error out of the break. A tip brought it to match point again, however, before a serve into the net tied it at 26-26.
The rally halted for the Bees after passing errors left them facing one final match point and and a block ended it.
Stephenville led the fourth set 6-3 before Wylie netted 18 of the next 26 points for its 21-14 advantage.
The Bees rolled in game three after falling behind 5-3 on consecutive passing errors. A kill by Kaiser and a tip by Stokes to end a long rally tied the score before Wylie was whistled for a four-hit penalty to give the Bees the edge.
Huckabee blocked one to make it 7-5 before a Wylie timeout, and Kaiser killed one out of the break. Wylie committed an error before Huckabee's next kill and it was suddenly 10-5.
A Huckabee block made it 14-6 moments later before Wylie finally got a kill to to end the 11-1 Honeybee run. The Lady Bulldogs inched as close as three, but a Green ace that just fell over the net brought up match point before a Kaiser kill proved to be the winner.
It wasn't enough for Stephenville to overcome a slow start, however. Consecutive errors by the Bees gave Wylie a 17-15 lead in the opening set, and back-to-back service and hitting errors gave the Lady Bulldogs a 23-19 advantage before a kill and an ace ended it.
Wylie appeared ready to roll when an ace made it 8-1 early in the second set, but Stephenville head coach Fran Metzger took a timeout and the Bees came back strong with a run that ended with consecutive Green aces to cut it to 9-6.
A net penalty gave the ball back to Wylie, but Tiner nailed a kill then served an ace before Stokes killed one to pull the Bees within one at 10-9.
Stephenville never got over the hump after the early exchange of runs, though they were within one again at 19-18 and 20-19.
It was a two-point game before a passing error by the Bees and a Wylie block made it 24-20, and Stephenville faced a two-set deficit moments later.
The Honeybees hit the road this weekend for their second tournament in as many weeks. They compete Thursday-Saturday in the Fraulein Volleyfest in New Braunfels.
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