The Stephenville Honeybees won five of their six matches over the weekend to earn second place in the 32-team Wimberley Tex-Fest Volleyball Tournament.
The Honeybees (5-2) had opened the season with a straight-set loss to Class 5A Burleson High School on Aug. 6, and head coach Shay Douglas was disappointed in the team’s overall level of play in that match.
Douglas indicated she was pleased that the Honeybees elevated their level of play in the Wimberley tournament.
“It was exciting,” Douglas said. “It was nice to see the way they responded from Tuesday night. They just came out and competed the entire weekend.”
In the tournament final, the Honeybees lost to a Class 6A school — Laredo United — in three sets after taking the first game. United prevailed to win the championship, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21.
One key frontline starter for SHS, Alee McClendon, is temporarily sidelined, however, after suffering a sprained ankle in the first set against United.
SHS had two standouts who were selected for Wimberley’s all-tournament team — senior Gabie Lucero and sophomore Landri Withers.
The Honeybees defeated Johnson City 25-16, 25-6 in their first Saturday match to reach the tournament semifinals. They advanced to Saturday afternoon’s championship match with a 25-15, 25-16 victory over Peaster.
“We saw different types of teams,” Douglas said. “We were consistent. We didn’t make a lot of unforced errors. We played really well, we played hard and we played fast.
“They were on a mission. The girls kept battling and got better, and found out about themselves.”
In winning their pool on Friday, the Honeybees posted three wins — 25-4, 25-14 over St. Mary’s Hall; 25-16, 25-14 over Hardin; and 25-15, 25-23 over Melissa. That sent SHS into the gold bracket for Saturday’s action.
The Honeybees were scheduled to play Tuesday, Aug. 13 at home against Krum. This Thursday through Saturday they will be competing in the Granbury Classic Chevrolet tournament at Granbury High School.