Finally, some home coking.

The Stephenville Honeybees (6-5) host Abilene tonight in their first home volleyball match since the season-opener two weeks ago.

Since that bout, the Bees have gone 10-10, and placed fifth consolation in last week’s Fraulein Volleyfest in New Braunfels.

Before going 4-2 in the Volleyfest, the Bees dropped three straight matches in the prestigious Duncanville Tournament of Champions. Sandwiched between tournament action was a three-game sweep of Graham.

Stephenville has already faced some of the best teams the state has to offer. In Duncanville, the Bees fell to Amarillo, the top-ranked team in class 5A. A week later, they dropped a match to the No. 2-ranked 5A squad, Austin Westlake.

SHS has also faced off twice with Smithson Valley and once with The Woodlands, both members of 5A.

As if facing the best of the state’s biggest classification wasn’t enough, even the 4A opponents have been perennial powers, such as tournament foes Arlington Martin and Brenham.

Stephenville Head Coach Fran Metzger doesn’t expect any sympathy for the tough schedule. She is happy to know the Honeybees will have plenty of experience competing against accomplished teams when district play rolls around, Sep. 4.

“I’m hoping it will pay off,” Campos said of the difficult schedule the Honeybees have played so far, “because it’s a tough district we’re in.”

Metzger noted that Aledo placed second in a tournament last week. Everman claimed the title at the Arlington Heights tournament, while Joshua was busy winning first place in Graham. All are District 8-4A opponents of SHS.

Abilene, yet another 5A school on the schedule, provides the next step in Stephenville’s preparation tonight.

One freshman match and the JV battle start at 5 p.m., with the second freshman contest and the varsity match beginning at about 6:30 p.m.