Bees, now 10-0, soar to No. 2 in state rankings

Staff Writer
Stephenville Empire-Tribune

The Stephenville High School volleyball squad just keeps winning — and the Honeybees keep moving up in the state rankings accordingly.

With a pair of victories Friday and two more Saturday in dual matches played at home in Gandy Gym, the Honeybees improved to 10-0 on the season.

Their last match Saturday was a straight-set triumph over Krum — the team that had been sitting atop the Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 4A rankings, with SHS at No. 6.

When the new TGCA top 10 rankings appeared online Monday, the Bees had moved up from to No. 2. Needville, which is 12-0, now has the No. 1 ranking. Krum, which was missing one of its key standouts, dropped from the TGCA top 10, but it was the first school listed among those also considered in the rankings.

SHS head coach Shay Douglas doesn’t mind seeing her players being recognized in the rankings, but she has talked about the fact that does not get the Bees to their ultimate goal. She emphasizes taking one step at a time.

“I think we’re headed in the right direction — one day at a time,” Douglas said, adding that they are just a little “sore, tight and bruised” coming out of the four weekend battles.

On Friday, the Honeybees posted a pair of four-set victories. They beat Troy 25-17, 23-25, 25-21, 25-21, then defeated Monahans, 26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-16.

Douglas began her volleyball coaching career at Troy High School, where she stayed four years before becoming the coach at Giddings. From there, she returned to Stephenville, where she had been an all-state performer for the Honeybees on coach Fran Metzger’s 2003 state championship team.

On Saturday, SHS swept Sweetwater, 25-13, 25-6, 25-8 before taking down Krum, 25-14, 25-23, 25-18.

Douglas noted that her players are quite familiar with the Krum squad, and were well aware that the Lady Bobcats were missing one of their top all-around players, who was not in the lineup Saturday.

“We took advantage of that,” Douglas said, adding that the Bees were scrappy and showed mental toughness.

Douglas acknowledged that it was another boost for the Bees’ confidence as they remained unbeaten.

“I think it is,” Douglas said. “The girls are pretty realistic. They both respect each other (Krum and SHS). I definitely think it’s a confidence booster. We played a very solid game. We did what we needed to be done, to be successful.”

Douglas said that the team didn’t necessarily play its best at times on Friday, giving up one set in each of those wins, although Monahans had a couple of outstanding offensive players who were hard to handle.

“We did not play great, but our girls found a way to win,” the coach said. “They continued to hustle. Saturday, we had more pep in our step. They woke up and responded.

“Our libero, (senior) Cali Carter was solid for us. She is the voice of reason. There are a lot of great things going our way.”

The Bees were scheduled to play next on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Godley (6 p.m.). Their schedule shows them playing at home Friday against Brock (5:30 p.m.) and Llano, and on Saturday at Peaster (varsity at 11 a.m.).