GLEN ROSE — The result didn’t go their way Tuesday night when the Stephenville Honeybees took on Glen Rose in a battle of two top-25 volleyball teams, but there is much more District 7-4A volleyball left to play — including a second chance at the defending champions.

Glen Rose’s Lady Tigers posted a 25-23, 25-18 25-18 victory over the Honeybees at Tiger Stadium, taking sole possession of first place in the district standings, at 3-0.

Coach Shay Douglas’s Honeybees slipped to 2-1, and 24-17 overall.

Glen Rose entered the contest No. 4 and SHS was 22nd in the Texas Girls Coaches Association weekly rankings.

The two teams will meet in Stephenville in the second round of district play on Oct. 16, in Gandy Gym (6 p.m.). That will be Parent Night for SHS. 

The 28-6 Lady Tigers are seeking their fourth straight district volleyball title, and have now won 32 consecutive district games. 

“We had some leads and we blew it,” Douglas said after the match. “We had too many back-to-back broken plays. You can’t do that against a team that solid.

“I don’t think this was our best serve-receive or defensive game. Props to Glen Rose. They executed with aggressive serving and put the ball where we weren’t, and we didn’t adjust.”

Salette Rios and Jayci Morton had nine kills each to lead SHS in that category, and Chloe Goodman added seven.

Gabie Lucero posted 11 digs, while Morton had eight and Karlee Easterling added seven.

Hannah Huckabee recorded 17 assists and Easterling had 13.

Callan Gibbons, Alee McClendon and Jaydi Griffin notched blocked two shots apiece.

Douglas told her players they would learn from the loss, regroup and move on to the next game.

The Honeybees are scheduled to play Friday, Oct. 5, at home against Brownwood (Pink Out Night), with the varsity set for a 4:30 p.m. start. SHS has an open date on its schedule for Oct. 9, and will resume district play at Godley (4:30 p.m.) on Friday, Oct. 12.