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Invitation only. Playoff teams only. Others need not apply.

That is the case at the Duncanville Tournament of Champions, and for the fifth consecutive year, the Stephenville Honeybees are included in the tournament bracket.

The Honeybees were first invited to play in one of the state’s most prolific early-season volleyball tournaments in 2003, after a long playoff run the previous fall. After tournament play, the first Honeybee team to visit Duncanville went on to capture the school’s only state volleyball title.

This year’s event begins today, with the Bees slated to take on 2005 class 5A champ Arlington Martin at 10 a.m.

With a win over Martin, Stephenville (1-0) would advance to face Highland Park at 1 p.m. A loss would mean a 3 p.m. match against an opponent to be determined. A pair of wins would mean a third Friday game for the Bees before play resumes Saturday.

The Duncanville tournament is the first of three tournaments on consecutive weekends for Stephenville. Depending on wins and losses and the format of the brackets, the Bees could play as many as 21 tournament games, according to Coach Fran Metzger.

With Tuesday matches set between tourney action, the Bees could potentially have as many as 24 matches under their belt before opening district play against rival Aledo Sept. 4.