Honeybees top Midlothian Heritage to complete season sweep

CALEB MCCAIG cmccaig@empiretribune.com

Stephenville took care of business Friday as they came from behind in back-to-back sets to complete a season sweep over Midlothian Heritage in three sets. 

The Honeybees began the match strong as they took the first set’s first four points with Taylor Garber leading the charge with solid service. The Jaguars continued to struggle to find an answer for the Stephenville attack as the Honeybees ran away with a 25-12. 

Midlothian Heritage picked up their play in second set. 

The Jaguars ran out to an early 4-1 lead and appeared to have caught Stephenville off-focus. While it did take a few points, the Honeybees did find their high-level of play once again and tied things at 10, before eventually taking a 14-11 lead.

The quick change of fortunes swung the momentum in Stephenville’s favor in the second set and despite Heritage’s efforts, the Honeybees claimed the second set, 25-17. 

Set three resembled the second set in terms of competitiveness. The Jaguars dueled with the Honeybees for the first half or so of the set as they two teams found themselves tied at 10. 

Midlothian Heritage then found some offensive rhythm as they went on a 7-2 run to take a 17-12 lead late in the set. 

Fortunately for the Honeybees, the late advantage didn’t last long for Heritage. 

After tying things up at 18, Stephenville then mustered up one last run outscoring the Jaguars 7-2 as a Jayci Morton kill ended things. 

Nicona Stilwell and Morton led things for Stephenville offensively as they combined for 20 kills, 12 for Stilwell and eight for Morton. 

Taylor Garber led the team in assists with 23, while Hannah Huckabee added another 10. 

Leading the team in digs was libero Hailey Martin who finished with 20.