Bees top Clyde, improve to 16-2

Staff Writer
Stephenville Empire-Tribune
Two Stephenville juniors, Landri Withers (5) and Emma Giddings (17) jump to block a shot during a recent home volleyball win over Lake Dallas.

Stephenville High School’s state-ranked Honeybees posted a four-set non-district volleyball victory at home Friday over Clyde as they improved their season record to 16-2.

Despite their two recent losses coming against other ranked teams, including Bushland — No. 1 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s Class 3A state rankings — the Honeybees slipped from No. 5 in Class 4A to No. 9 this week.

On Friday in Gandy Gym, the Bees took the first set and lost the second to the Class 3A Lady Bulldogs, but went on to record a 25-15, 20-25, 25-21, 25-17 victory heading into their match scheduled for Tuesday night (Sept. 15) at home versus Salado (6 p.m.).

“Clyde is a good team with some big hitters and I thought our defense responded well,” Coach Shay Douglas said. “We passed the ball well out of serve receive and (were) able to spread our offense. It was a total team effort and very proud of how the girls played.”

Varsity starter Reese Weyers remains sidelined with a minor injury, and it is not yet known when she will return to action.

After a dominant win over Lake Belton last week, SHS junior Landri Withers said, “I think we are meshing well as a team off the court, and it’s helping us on the court. We are swinging well right now. We look at what we need to work on. If we can pass balls good, we can execute.”

Also on Friday, the SHS junior varsity beat Clyde, 25-18, 25-19, as did the Freshman A team, 25-20, 25-13. Clyde beat the SHS Freshman B team, 21-25, 25-20, 25-12.

The next match for the Honeybees will be Friday, Sept. 18, at Abilene Wylie High School. That varsity match is set for 5 p.m. After another road match, Sept. 22 at Gatesville, marks the start of play in the five-team District 6-4A alignment.