The Stephenville Honeybees didn't win the District 7-4A volleyball title this season, but they are playoff-bound and can benefit from winning their final two district games as the runner-up team.
They will be trying to regain the momentum they had when they won 11 of their previous 12 matches before Tuesday night’s 25-24, 25-9, 25-20 home loss to third-ranked Glen Rose.
Glen Rose (31-5), improved to 7-0 to clinch the district championship for a third straight year. SHS slipped to 4-2 in district, with two games remaining in the regular season.
The Honeybees, 26-18 overall, will be the runner-up in the district because they already defeated third-place Godley (2-4) in both of their head-to-head district matchups.
SHS went into the Glen Rose match as the No. 21 team in the Texas Girls Coaches Association's 4A state rankings.
“We will learn from the Glen Rose match and focus on finishing district strong,” said Shay Douglas, who is in her first season as the head coach of the Honeybees.
The Honeybees continued district play Friday (Oct. 19) at Mineral Wells. Their final district game will be Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Brownwood (6 p.m.).
In the bi-district round of the playoffs, they will play the third-place team out of District 8-4A. That could be against Krum, which was 2-3 in its first five district contests.
Glen Rose, which reached the state volleyball semifinals last season for the first time, appears to be headed for its third consecutive unbeaten district campaign. The Lady Tigers will be taking on Mineral Wells at home on Tuesday in their final regular-season game.
Godley, a former top 10-ranked squad, is 3-4 in league play and 22-9 for the year. Brownwood is 2-4 and 6-17 on the season. Mineral Wells is winless in six district games, 6-14 overall.
In Tuesday’s Glen Rose match, Jayci Morton had a team-high five kills for the Honeybees and freshman Landri Withers added four.
Gabie Lucero led in digs with 22, while Morton had seven. Hannah Huckabee paced SHS in assists with nine and Karlee Easterling recorded six.
The Honeybees rallied to take the lead in the first set, 15-13, and also led 17-15 and 21-19 before the Lady Tigers pulled back ahead and closed out the set.
Glen Rose raced to a 9-0 lead to start the second set, and ended up taking it by a margin of 16 points.
In the third set the teams were tied at 7 before the Lady Tigers reeled off a 10-2 run to go on top 17-9. The Honeybees made it more interesting when they pulled within 22-20, but Glen Rose clinched the match with two kills and a blocked shot.
SHS won the junior varsity game, 19-25, 27-25, 25-23. The SHS ninth grade A team also won, 25-9, 25-19.