MINERAL WELLS - Stephenville blew past Mineral Wells in straight sets Tuesday, 25-14, 25-16 and 25-15, to improve to 7-2 in district play and 17-10 overall.
In her first varsity action, sophomore Brianna Bledsoe made her presence known with 25 assists, 10 digs and a pair of blocks for the Honeybees.
Stephenville tallied 16 blocks for points in the match - six by Kelsey Anglin. MaKayla Elliott recorded three blocks while Macaele DeVries, Bledsoe and Claire Goodman each had two and Bailey Williams added one.
Elliott also had a good offensive night, landing seven kills and four aces. Anglin had six kills and Goodman finished with five.
Lasater recorded eight digs to go with Bledsoe's 10.
Stephenville took control early, scoring six consecutive points with Elliott serving to jump out to a 9-3 advantage in game one. Meghan Muir hammered home two points during the run, while Hilde Talsma and Anglin both posted kills. Mineral Wells made two errors during the stint, which ended with a service error after a Lady Rams timeout.
The Bees scored five straight moments later with Lasater serving. Anglin had two blocks to key the second SHS run, which did not end until Stephenville had all the momentum with a 14-5 lead.
Another run of serves by Elliott took the Bees to game point in the first set, and Anglin landed consecutive blocks for the final points.
In the second, Stephenville trailed 4-3 before ripping off its longest run of the night, scoring 11 straight. MHS was called for four hits to give Elliott the serve in a 4-4 tie. She didn't give the ball back until Stephenville finally committed a miscue to bring the score to 15-5. Fueling the scoring barrage were four Lady Ram errors to go along with a pair of blocks and a kill by Anglin.
Mineral Wells answered with four straight aces to pull within six at 15-9, prompting Stephenville Head Coach Fran Metzger to call a timeout.
MHS committed a serving error after the break and could never pull to within six points of the Bees the rest of the way.
Game three was little more than a formality.
Mineral Wells did manage to score the first four points, but Stephenville came back with an 8-0 run. The Lady Rams managed to keep the scoring at a back-and-forth pace until a four-point burst by the Bees made it 16-9.
By the time the Bees reached match-point, their lead had grown to a dozen at 24-12. A block by Williams drove in the dagger and made it official.
Stephenville hosts Alvarado Friday. The Bees defeated AHS in straight sets during the first round of district action.
Brad Keith is the sports editor at the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at (254) 965-3124, ext. 241, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.