With the start of District 8-4A volleyball competition looming ahead, the Stephenville High School Honeybees are stepping up their play and cutting down on errors.

The Honeybees were on the road Tuesday for a non-district contest and handed West a 25-13, 25-17, 25-18 loss.

Coach Fran Metzger’s squad improved to 12-16 overall, and will begin league play Tuesday at Godley. The Honeybees played their final non-district match Friday night at Peaster.

“They played well. The girls hit well. They didn’t make too many mistakes,” Metzger said, noting that the team overall posted a .250 hitting percentage. “They tied it in the second game, then we settled down and we finished up.”

Salette Rios recorded 10 kills and made only two errors in the match. Teammates Hailey Martin had 14 digs and Gabie Lucero notched 3 aces for SHS. Jayci Morton added eight kills, and Kristen Pettit and Rios picked up six digs each.

“The right side played well, which is what we’ve been looking for,” the SHS coach said. “I think they are ready for district. They have done a lot of improving, and they have played a lot of tough teams. I think that will pay off once we hit district.”

Stephenville’s 6-0 freshman outside hitter Jaydi Griffin sat out Tuesday’s game because of a sprained ankle, but Metzger was hopeful she would play against Peaster.

The Honeybees finally get to play at home once again this Friday, taking on Alvarado in a district contest.