Stephenville swept Joshua in three sets to secure a playoff berth Friday.
The Honeybees, 10-2 in District 8-4A, are all alone in second place. With two games remaining in the regular season, the worst case scenario would place Stephenvillein a third-place tie, and the Bees would advance due to head-to-head competition.
Joshua, basically playing for its playoff life, pushed the Bees to the brink in games one and two before SHS dominated the third set in the 25-22, 27-25, 25-14 sweep.
The key was a second-game comeback in which Stephenville erased a seven-point deficit.
“We started playing real aggressive and executing better,” Stephenville Coach Fran Metzger said of the comeback.
Claire Goodman and Sage Lasater were dominant for the Honeybees, with Goodman posting 21 kills at the net and Lasater tallying 29 digs defensively.
“They kept trying to burn Sage in the corners, but they couldn’t get anything down on her,” Metzger said.
Metzger was impressed with the improvement of Joshua since the teams last met in the first round of district play.
“They were digging well and didn’t make many errors,” she said. “They have improved a lot. All the teams are improved in our district this year.”