The form may not have been perfect, but Stephenville High School volleyball coach Shay Douglas isn’t complaining about the outcome for her Honeybees in their non-district contest against Robinson High School Tuesday night at home.
The Honeybees prevailed 25-17, 25-16, 25-12 over the visitors for their fourth win in a row.
“I thought we played sloppy,” SHS head coach Shay Douglas said. “We missed too many serves and our ball control was not on point. But I’m grateful for the win.”
Douglas, in her first season as Stephenville’s head coach, needs just one more victory to reach 20 on the season. The 19-16 Honeybees went into Friday’s game (Sept. 14) aiming for their fifth win in a row when they take on Graham (varsity at 5 p.m.), again at home in Gandy Gym after playing the majority of their season so far on the road.
Douglas was asked if her players may have been a little nervous playing in front of their home crowd on Tuesday, for only the second time in the regular season.
“Maybe they were a little nervous, but we’ve got to be able to handle that,” she said, noting that one of Robinson’s front-line players was unable to play. “Maybe we were a little too confident. We’ve got to clean it up when we are playing against a team with more weapons. We’ll learn from it.”
The match marked the return to action of Salette Rios, a junior outside hitter who had been out for about two weeks recovering from a shin injury.
“I thought my setters did a good job, especially Hannah Huckabee on defense,” Douglas said.
Huckabee led the ‘Bees in assists against Robinson with 19. Karlee Easterling was next with 12.
Gabie Lucero topped SHS in digs with 16. She was followed by Huckabee with nine, Emily Stroebel with six and Rios with five.
Chloe Goodman and Jayci Morton tied for the team lead in kills on the night, with eight each.
Alee McClendon provided a team-high two blocked shots for SHS.