Second-ranked Bees 11-0 after surviving Godley 5-setter

Staff Writer
Stephenville Empire-Tribune
Stephenville High School's Jaylee Matthews (10) and Alee McClendon (3) are pictured competing in a recent home volleyball matchup. The second-ranked Honeybees improved to 11-0 Tuesday with a road win over Godley.

Even as they were improving their season record to 11-0 with Tuesday’s five-set road victory over Godley, the Stephenville High School Honeybees showed they were not complacent with their No. 2 state ranking.

Head coach Shay Douglas noticed one thing in particular that stood out during the 19-25, 25-12, 21-25, 25-19, 16-14 triumph.

“Honestly, our fight. We started off slow and had too many unforced errors,” Douglas said of overcoming the unranked Class 4A Lady Wildcats. “I think they’re underrated. They have a fast, powerful offense. We found a way to win. We need to reduce our unforced errors and improve our ball control.”

Statistical leaders for the Honeybees in that match included senior Alee McClendon and junior Landri Withers, which Douglas said were impressive.

Withers led the team in kills with 22, while also recording seven blocked shots and 18 digs.

McClendon had a dozen kills and five blocks, while posting a .436 hitting percentage.

SHS also won the junior varstiy matchup at Godley, 13-25, 25-16, 25-18. Godley came out on top in the A and B team matches, in straight sets.

The Bees were scheduled to play Friday, Aug. 28 (5:30 p.m.) against Brock. Today (Saturday) they will play two matches at Peaster High School. Those games are set for 10 a.m. versus Peaster and 11:30 a.m. against Bushland — the No. 1-ranked team in the state in Class 3A.

SHS will be idle Tuesday, but will be playing at home on Sept. 4 taking on Midlothian Heritage (varsity at 5 p.m.) in Gandy Gym.