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Bees drop first district match, at Brownwood

Mark Wilson
Stephenville's Jaydi Griffin (14) sets up a shot as teammate Cali Carter stands by during a recent volleyball home game for the 12th-ranked Honeybees.

The state-ranked Stephenville Honeybees seemed on their way to another sweep of a District 6-4A volleyball opponent Tuesday in Brownwood, taking the first two sets.

The Honeybees had won their first three district matches without losing a set. But the Lady Lions had other ideas and won the next three sets to grab an 18-25, 15-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-10 upset win over the Honeybees.

Stephenville (20-4 overall, 3-1 in district) is No. 12 in the state in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 4A rankings (up from 13 the previous week), while Brownwood (10-5, 4-0) is unranked — and now alone in first place in the district.

SHS slipped to second place in the standings, with the second half of district play still upcoming — starting with last night’s (Oct. 9) home matchup against the current third-place team, Gatesville (2-2 in district).

Glen Rose (10-14, 1-3) and Lampasas (0-4) are fourth and fifth in the standings.

SHS head coach Shay Douglas said she warned her players after the second set Tuesday not to let the match slip away because Brownwood was still fully intent on knocking them off and gaining the district lead all for themselves.

“They (Brownwood) didn’t quit; they kept fighting,” Douglas said. “There were some things we did in pressing situations we broke down in. We were all pretty disgusted with ourselves.”

But, Douglas added, she feels like her Honeybees will learn from the experience — and that they are still one of the best teams in Region I.

Also Tuesday in Brownwood, SHS won the junior varsity contest, 25-13, 25-14, and took the freshman battle as well, 19-25, 25-21, 25-22.

Next for the Honeybees, the second half of district will begin Tuesday, Oct. 13 in Glen Rose (varsity at 6 p.m.). The Bees have an open date Oct. 16, but are scheduled to play a non-district match on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Copperas Cove (varsity at 3 p.m.).