Sixth-ranked Bees move to 5-0 on season

Staff Writer
Stephenville Empire-Tribune
Stephenville High School senior Alee McClendon (3) and junior Kennedy Coffee (4) try to block a shot during a volleyball match played Friday at Wimberley High School.

With their 5-0 start this season — including a victory over highly-rated LaVernia High school — the Stephenville High School Honeybees moved into the Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 4A state rankings Monday, at No. 6.

Coach Shay Douglas’s Honeybees had four dual matches on the road over the weekend in the central Texas Hill Country.

On Friday SHS defeated Wimberley 25-21 25-20, 25-19, and Marion 25-10, 25-6, 25-8.

Then on Saturday, SHS topped previously ranked LaVernia 25-14, 25-22, 16-25, 26-24, and Canyon Lake 25-19, 25-16, 23-25, 25-11.

Stephenville had opened its regular-season schedule last Tuesday at home with a straight-sets win over Bridgeport.

The Honeybees’ schedule shows them at home in Gandy Gym at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18 against Graham. Graham was listed as having a 4-0 record and ranked No. 7 in this week’s TGCA poll.

Despite the ranking recognition earned by the Bees, Douglas is keeping the squad focused on what’s immediately ahead.

“It’s nice to see our girls get a little recognition. We’ve still got a lot to improve on — one game at a time, one practice at a time.,” the coach said, but added, “The sky’s the limit.”

Four of the five matches so far this season were won in three-set sweeps, with the exception of a four-set contest versus Canyon Lake.

“This weekend, the caliber of the teams we played was a lot better,” Douglas said. “LaVernia is a very good team — very solid.”

The Bees were not quite as successful with their ball control on Saturday as they had been the day before, Douglas noted.

“We were able to make good plays at the right time,” she said. “The girls played hard.”

Because of UIL COVID-19 restrictions against public high schools staging volleyball tournaments this season, the trend of having multiple dual matches on weekends continues this Friday and Saturday. The Bees will be at home in Gandy Gym both days. The schedule lists matches against Troy (varsity only, at 5 p.m.) and Monahans (8 p.m.) on Friday in Gandy Gym.

This Saturday, also at home, the Bees are slated to take on Sweetwater at 10 a.m., and No. 1-ranked Krum at noon.