Stephenville aced eight serves and missed only one in a 25-18, 25-18, 25-19 rout of Granbury in District 8-4A volleyball at Gandy Gym Tuesday night.
The Honeybees, who have struggled this season to ace more serves than they miss, used four aces in the first set to take a lead they would never relinquish in improving to 18-12 overall and 4-2 in District 8-4A. They are tied for third place with Granbury, which was without suspended standout hitter Krystal Wunderlich and fell to 19-16 and 4-2.
“This is a very important win. I keep telling the girls we need to take care of business and get these because now we’re tied for third,” Stephenville head coach Fran Metzger said. “We have another big one against (Mansfield) Timberview on Friday. Granbury has to play (Arlington) Seguin, so if we take care of business again (on Friday) we should be in good shape.”
District frontrunners Mansfield Legacy and Seguin were tied for first entering their showdown Tuesday night. Behind Granbury and Stephenville is Timberview, which visits Gandy Gym on Friday in the finale of a three-game home stand for the Bees. Stephenville then plays five of its last seven matches on the road.
“We need to win these while we’re at home, because it’s going to be a lot tougher in the second half of district,” Metzger said.
The Bees took care of winning at home on Tuesday because of prolonged runs in each set. The first game was tied at 6-6 before Macy Moncrief and Kensie Colegrove each landed back-to-back aces to fuel a 14-5 run that made it 20-11.
Granbury jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in set two before a 17-3 Stephenville run that included six straight serves by Moncrief.
It was the Bees’ turn to grab an early advantage in the third as Rachel Choate served the first five points. Granbury used an 8-3 rally to knot the score before Kaylee Davis drilled three kill shots and Christina Murphy knocked down two kills and a block to pace a 14-4 run to put the match away.
The only problem the Bees had was not finishing sets off quickly once they had a large lead. All three games had the potential to be blowouts, but Granbury made each score respectful with brief spurts of their own.
“We have to show more of a killer instinct and work on finishing games,” Metzger said. “In this district all the teams are capable of runs. It’s good to have a big lead but you still have to finish.”
Williams and Murphy each had nine kills. Williams, a senior middle blocker, hit .318 for the night while Murphy, a senior outside hitter and setter, was just .179. The best hitter was Kaylee Davis who posted a .533 percentage while landing eight kill shots. Davis, a junior in the middle, had four blocks while Murphy and junior Becca Emmons each tallied three.
Rachel Choate had 12 assists and Murphy 11 for the Bees, while Moncrief and Mara Christian each posted 12 digs.