The Stephenville High School volleyball team saw some tough foes last weekend in the Volleypalooza Tournament in Leander before the heavy rain threat posed by Hurricane Harvey prompted their return to the safety of Erath County.
The two-day tournament featured 68 schools from all over Texas when it began with pool play on Thursday, but 16 schools from the Houston area went home that night. The second day was Friday when 48 teams competed but only 23 remained on Saturday.
The Honeybees lost their three matches on Thursday, then dropped two more on Friday before they made the decision to come home and beat the rain approaching Leander, which is just north of Austin.
Coach Fran Metzger’s squad is now 12-15 on the season.
“It was tough competition,” Metzger said. “We lost some close matches that we need to learn how to finish with a win. I was proud of how the girls competed.”
Stephenville’s one victory was a 25-21, 22-15, 25-22 decision over Huntsville Friday morning. Jayci Morton led the Honeybees in kills with 11 and aces with five. Meanwhile Hailey Martin posted a team-high 13 digs.
In their first match Thursday, the Honeybees lost to San Antonio Clark, 25-22, 25-9. Salette Rios led SHS with six kills in that match. Maren Isham and Martin each had six digs for the Honeybees.
SHS lost to A&M Consolidated next, 25-17, 25-17. Ashton Garner and Morton tied for the team lead in kills in that match, with four. Martin recorded 11 digs.
The Honeybees then split their first two games against East View, and led 24-22 in the third game. But the lead slipped away and Georgetown East View took a 15-25, 25-16, 26-24 win over SHS. Garner and Morton led SHS in kills, with nine and eight, respectively.
On Friday, SHS was defeated 25-15, 26-24 by Austin Anderson. Morton led in kills with four, and Martin had nine digs.
In their final matchup Friday, the Honeybees lost to Liberty Hill, 25-13, 18-25, 25-15. Isham led the way in that match with six digs.
The Honeybees played Tuesday night at home against Granbury. Their next scheduled match is Tuesday, Sept. 5, at West.