The Stephenville Honeybees volleyball weren’t far away from home when they took fifth place Saturday in the Granbury Classic Chevrolet volleyball tournament, and they still have to wait a while longer for their first regular-season home match.
They had been planning on being home Tuesday (Aug. 21) to play host to Abilene Cooper. But there was a misunderstanding with the schedule that was corrected at the tournament, and the Honeybees will be playing at Cooper instead.
That means that first home match for the 10-9 Honeybees will have to wait until Aug. 31, when they will take on Crawford (5 p.m.).
The Honeybees wrapped up their play in the Granbury tournament with a 25-21, 28-30, 25-20 victory over El Paso El Dorado in the fifth-place match Saturday afternoon.
SHS outside hitter Salette Rios was selected to the all-tournament team.
SHS head coach Shay Douglas said the Honeybees were able to perform with a good energy level, despite playing back-to-back matches at times over the three-day event.
“I was pleased with how they played,” Douglas said. “We were very consistent in several aspects. We played with a lot of energy. I thought our serve-receive was very solid. We had some girls step up in different positions. We still have a lot of room for growth, but we’re headed in the right direction.”
Douglas said Rios, a junior, stepped up to a higher level.
“She kind of took charge on offensively and ran with it,” Douglas said. “She came out of her shell and played consistently. She was definitely our go-to (player).”
Douglas didn’t have access to individual stattistics, but had praise for other standouts from the tournament.
“Chloe Goodman stepped up and put balls away,” Douglas said. “Gabie Lucero had a really good tournament. She’s getting better every time she’s on the court.”
In their first match Saturday, the Honeybees lost to Amarillo Tascosa, 25-22, 25-15.
In Friday’s pool play matches, SHS defeated Irving High School 24-14, 25-10, then fell to Fort Worth Chisholm Trail High School 20-25, 25-21, 27-25, and capped the day with a win over Arlington Grace Prep, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21.
On the opening day Thursday in pool play, the Honeybees lost their first match to El Paso East Lake 25-20, 22-25, 25-22. Then they beat Lubbock High 25-14, 25-20, and Lake Dallas 25-15, 25-12.
The Honeybees will play starting Thursday morning in the huge Volleypalooza Tournament in Leander. Douglas said there are 60 teams entered, and that Stephenville will be one of the smaller schools. The pool play schedule was not available by press time, but the Honeybees could play their first match as early as 11 a.m. Thursday. Championship bracket will conclude on Saturday.