It was a warm homecoming for the Stephenville Honeybees Tuesday night as they finally held their home opener and did so in dominating fashion with a three-set sweep over West.
The Lady Trojans managed to find their only lead of the match from the competition’s first point, but after breaking West’s serve Taylor Garber managed to serve seven straight winning points to give Stephenville an early 8-2 advantage.
Stephenville ran their lead out to 17-4, tied for their largest lead of the set, before finally putting West away 25-12.
West received no mercy from Stephenville throughout the rest of the match.
Stephenville and Taylor Garber’s serve once again went on a huge scoring streak in the second set as the Honeybees found themselves leading the Lady Trojans 12-1, before finally handing back possession.
While the set was never in real jeopardy, West did manage to cut the lead back to under 10 at 14-6 before Stephenville found their groove again to clinch a 25-11 victory.
In what was the match’s final set, West did prove to be more resilient than in the first two sets.
The two teams traded the first several points and were eventually tied 4-4. That was until Stephenville used an 8-2 run to break things open.
The somewhat marginal lead didn’t exactly last as West did pressure Stephenville late. The Lady Trojans got to within three-points trailing, 16-13, but the Honeybees once again used a run, this time a 6-1 run, to re-establish their lead.
It was smooth sailing from there as Stephenville closed out their first victory at home with a 25-18 win in set three.
"I’m happy with our blocking. Teams are struggling getting around us," said Honeybee Head Coach Fran Metzger.
"We also served well tonight. One of my only gripes is that we’re still letting tips hit the floor, we can’t be doing that. Sometimes we just miscommunicate and we let the ball hit the floor. That could be the two points that cost us a match. We need to keep working at that."
Offensively, the Honeybees were a balanced team Tuesday evening. Nicona Stilwell led the team with nine kills, but Jayci Morton also had a solid performance with seven kills and Ashton Garner added another five.
Along with Garber's fantastic service performance, which included four aces, she also added 15 assists.
Libero Hailey Martin and Garber also led the team with nine digs a piece. Hannah Huckabee also recorded seven digs.
The Honeybees will be right back on the road Friday when they travel to take on Waxahachie Life.