DUNCANVILLE-Stephenville just couldn’t hold a lead in the prestigious Duncanville Tournament of Champions held here Friday and Saturday.

“We competed with everyone just enough to be frustrated,” said Stephenville Head Volleyball Coach Fran Metzger.

The Honeybees led in at least one game of all three matches over the weekend, but couldn’t hold on.

Arlington Martin swept the Bees 2-0 in the first round (best of three format is used in tournaments, as opposed to best of five in most matches).

“We had a big lead in the first game, but we couldn’t finish them off,” Metzger said.

With the Bees appearing to be headed to a win in the first game of the match, Martin made a subtle change, utilizing tips at the net. Stephenville had a tough time responding to the change-up, and Martin came back to steal the win. The tips are the same thing that Metzger believes hurt her club at times during a win over Burleson last week.

SHS had a chance again in game two, but Martin pulled away after the score was tied 18-18.

Against Smithson Valley, the Bees struggled through a game one loss before a line-up change resulted in a win in the second. Once again, the Bees had a lead in game three, but once they hit the 20-point mark, they couldn’t seal the win.

In the final match, SHS met a superior defensive team in El Paso Eastwood that refused to succumb to the Bees’ hitting ability at the net. The loss to Eastwood eliminated Stephenville.