The next step for the Stephenville High School Honeybees volleyball team will be in the Class 4A playoffs — with the result of tonight's District 8-4A finale deciding which direction that will take them.

Coach Fran Metzger’s Honeybees (19-21) lost to fourth-ranked Glen Rose on Friday night at home in Gandy Gym, 25-21, 25-13, 25-17. That loss didn’t change the district standings, with the Honeybees still in third place behind Glen Rose (11-0) and runner-up Midlothian Heritage (10-1), which is the second-ranked team in the state.

The Honeybees are 7-4 in district, while the current fourth-place team, Waxahachie Life School, is 6-5. So if Stephenville defeated Life School last night, the Honeybees will be taking on the runner-up from District 7, either Kennedale or Springtown.

“We’ve got to take care of business,” Metzger said of the matchup against Life School.

But if they Honeybees fell to Life School then they would be tied at 7-5 in district and those two teams would have to have a one-game district playoff to determine the third- and fourth-place playoff seeds.

After the loss to Glen Rose, Metzger said that the Honeybees’ aim was “to get after them. We had nothing to lose. In the first game, we played them close. We just didn’t have enough hitting power. We are young. I am so proud of them.”

The leader for the Honeybees in kills against Glen Rose was Jayci Morton with 7, but no one else was credited with more than 2.

Hailey Martin came up with a team-high 10 digs for SHS and Maren Isham was next with 5.

Stephenville managed to record 2 service aces, with one each by Martin and Morton.

If Kennedale and Springtown finish tied for the district lead, those two schools will have a one-game district playoff on Friday to determine the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds coming out of the district.

Bi-district playoff matches will be played on either Oct. 30 or 31.

Stephenville had been ranked in the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s top 25 poll earlier this year. The Honeybees, along with Kennedale and Springtown are among 12 schools receiving honorable mention in this week’s poll.