STEPHENVILLE—Perennial volleyball powers clashed in the District 6-4A opener here tonight, and Aledo was too much for Stephenville, corralling the victory in four games.

Aledo stayed in control throughout the first half of game one, jumping out to a four point advantage before the Bees began to battle back.

A service error by Aledo cut Stephenville’s deficit to 12-9, and was followed immediately by a Hilde Talsma kill to pull Stephenville within two.

After an AHS hitting error, Honeybee senior Alyssa Parham served an ace to tie the score at 12-12.

Kills by Talsma and MaKayla Elliott again tied the score at 14-14 and 18-18, respectively, before a block by Meghan Muir gave the Bees their first lead.

SHS led again at 20-19 before Aledo came from behind with three kills down the stretch to take the win, 25-23.

Besides one brief Aledo spurt, game two was all Honeybees.

Stephenville jumped out to an 11-5 lead, thanks mostly to blocks and kills at the net by Elliott and Claire Goodman.

The Lady Cats came roaring back with a big run of their own, scoring five of the next six points to pull to within two at 12-10. Two SHS hitting errors helped AHS compile the run.

Not to be outdone, the Bees put together a scoring spree of their own. Goodman and Elliott, along with sophomore Christina Murphy, went back to work at the net to build SHS a 22-13 lead.

Kelsey Anglin smashed home the kill of the night, knocking an Aledo defender to the hardwood, to set up match-point, and the Bees took game two, 25-15.

The Lady Cats still had plenty of gas in the tank for games three and four.

After the third battle was tied at 7-7, Aledo ripped off a 10-2 run. By the time Goodman recorded a kill to cut the deficit to 17-10, AHS had seized complete control.

The Bees did manage to pull to within five on three occasions, and finally narrowed the lead to four. It was too little, too late, however, as Aledo took a two-games-to-one advantage with the 25-20 win.

Elliott, Goodman, Murphy and Talsma took turns working the net to give the Bees a 12-6 lead in game four, but Aledo crept back to tie the score at 17-17, and again at 18-18.

The Lady Cats then jumped ahead by two on three occasions before finishing off the game and match with a 25-23 win.

The 3-1 loss drops the Bees to 10-9 overall, and 0-1 in district play. SHS is home again Friday for a date with Mineral Wells.