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Bees sweep Salado, get set for district

Staff Writer
Stephenville Empire-Tribune
Stephenville junior Jaylee Matthews (10) returns a shot during Tuesday's volleyball victory over Salado in Gandy Gym.

Head coach Shay Douglas noted that her ninth-ranked Stephenville Honeybees had been a little silly and sloppy in practice Monday. But they still brought more than Salado could handle in their volleyball contest Tuesday evening in Gandy Gym.

“I thought that transferred over to tonight,” Douglas said after the Bees’ 25-15, 25-17, 25-7 victory over the Lady Eagles to improve to 17-2 on the season.

The Bees then began preparing to close out non-district play with their Friday (Sept. 18) road match at Abilene Wylie. The Bees will open District 6-4A play at Gatesville (varsity at 6 p.m.).

After the first two sets were relatively close Tuesday, the Bees ran away from the Lady Eagles in the third.

“The girls were a little streaky, and they were aware of that,” Douglas said. “We’ll get there. Our serve-receive was not as good as Friday.

“In the third set, we made a statement. Our offense is really getting after it. A win’s a win, and we are grateful for it. We’ve got to continue to grind and get better and peak at the right time.”

Senior SHS middle blocker Alee McClendon said, “I feel like we could have came out harder (at the start). We needed to have a lot more emotion. We still played good. I think we’ll do well in district. We just have to stay focused and get better every game.”

Douglas noted that last weekend’s victory over Clyde included four SHS players in double digits in kills.

SHS junior Reese Weyers remains sidelined with an arm injury.

The SHS junior varsity also defeated Salado Tuesday, 25-15, 25-22. The SHS Freshman A team also won, 25-14, 26-24. The Freshman B team lost to Hico, 22-25, 25-13, 25-11.

Stephenville junior Landri Withers (5) delivers a smash during Tuesday's volleyball win over Salado in Gandy Gym as teammates Cali Carter and Alee McClendon stay ready.