ALEDO — The 15th-ranked Stephenville High School Honeybees continued their hot streak Tuesday evening with a 25-16, 25-22, 27-25 volleyball triumph over Bridgeport in their Class 4A bi-district playoff in the Aledo High School gym.
The District 7-4A champion Honeybees improved to 34-9 overall, winning their 12th straight game and 17th in their last 18 outings.
The Honeybees raced to a 10-0 lead in the opening set. But Bridgeport’s squad (25-16), the fourth-place team out of District 8-4A, rallied to make the match more competitive the rest of the way.
Coach Shay Douglas’s Honeybees will move into the second (area) round of the playoffs to take on Vernon, which advanced by beating Sweetwater in their bi-district battle.
The SHS-Vernon area playoff is set for 6 p.m. Thursday in the Graham High School gym. The Lady Lions, who were third in District 6, are 22-17 overall. Stephenville fans will sit on the home side. Tickets will be $5 for adults, $3 for students.
The third set was tied, 9-9, but Bridgeport surged ahead 16-12 and held a 24-22 lead before the Honeybees rallied to get back in it. The set was tied at 24 points and at 25 points before SHS put it away.
“I thought that comeback was the best comeback we’ve had all season, and it was really exciting,” senior outside hitter Aubreyanna Ziegler said. “We came together as a team toward the end. I think we played down, and gave them a chance to play better.”
Another senior outside hitter, Salette Rios, said, “It was really crazy, really tight.We pulled together and believed. We stayed focused on our goal, which is to go as far as we can. It was a lot of fun.”
Douglas added that the win helped reinforce the players’ belief that if they “trust the process and take one ball at a time, they can dig themselves out of a hole.”
“I think Bridgeport may have figured us out but we kept fighting,” SHS head coach Shay Douglas said. “We found a way to win, basically.”
The Honeybees reached the Region I-4A final last season in their first season under Douglas before being eliminated by eventual state champion Decatur.