The Stephenville Honeybees won for the 13th time in their last 15 matches Tuesday, closing their regular season volleyball schedule Tuesday with a 25-16, 25-16, 26-28, 25-16 District 4-4A victory at Brownwood.
Coach Shay Douglas's Honeybees improved to 27-17 on the season, and were 6-2 in the five-team district. Their only district losses were to third-ranked Glen Rose ((8-0).
In the most recent Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 4A poll, the Honeybees are ranked 20th. Krum received some honorable mention votes, but was not in the top 25.
The first-round playoff matchup for the Honeybees is against Krum (2-5, 17-11), the third-place team out of District 3-4A. That bi-district contest is set for 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Aledo High School. It’s the second game of a playoff doubleheader there that night, following the 6 p.m. matchup between Godley and either Argyle or Decatur.
The winner of the SHS-Krum playoff will advance to the area round against the winner of the Graham-Big Spring contest.
Godley is the third-place team in Stephenville’s district. Argyle and Decatur were both 7-1 in District 8-4A and had to have a one-game district playoff to decide first and second place.
Stephenville built a 2-0 lead in sets Tuesday before the Lady Lions captured the third set.
“Tonight we played the first two sets solid,” SHS head coach Shay Douglas said. “The third set we had multiple unforced errors but you have to give Brownwood some credit for their hustle.
“They pushed us in that set. We pulled it back together in the fourth and finished solid.”
Hannah Huckabee led SHS in assists, with 25, and also in aces, with five. Karlee Easterling had 15 assists.
Jayci Morton led the Honeybees in kills with 10, while Chloe Goodman had eight, Landri Withers and Jaydi Griffin recorded seven each and Salette Rios added six.
Morton notched 17 digs, followed by Gabie Lucero with 16 and Goodman with 10.
Alee McClendon and Withers had two blocked shots apiece.
In the subvarsity matches against Brownwood, Stephenville teams posted a sweep. The JV won a 25-14, 25-22 decision, and the SHS Freshman A team won, 25-11, 25-15. The SHS Freshman B team also won, defeating Cleburne.