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Bees fall to 5A Wylie, head into district play

Staff Writer
Stephenville Empire-Tribune

Now that the preliminaries are out of the way, Stephenville High School head volleyball coach Shay Douglas is counting on her state-ranked team being “up” for their upcoming district matches — which she indicated they didn’t seem to be in Friday’s four-set road loss to Abilene Wylie.

Wylie’s Class 5A Lady Bulldogs posted a 25-15, 25-20, 18-25, 25-23 win over the Honeybees. With the loss, the Honeybees slipped to 17-3 on the season, and dropped from No. 9 in last week’s Texas Girls Coaches Association’s Class 4A rankings to No. 14 when the new poll was released Monday.

“We came out flat. Sometimes you have those games,” Douglas said, noting that the squad did “so many uncharacteristic things they haven’t really done all year” in the loss to the Lady Bulldogs.

Douglas said that the players seemed to respond well in practice Monday, and added, “You can’t dwell too much” on that kind of loss.

“They’re definitely good,” Douglas said of Wylie, which used to be a district rival before moving up to Class 5A a couple of years ago. “I wish we had showed up and played.”

The Honeybees were scheduled to open play in the five-school District 6-4A alignment on Tuesday night (Sept. 22) at Gatesville. Their next match is set for Friday at home against Glen Rose (varsity at 5:30 p.m.).

After having seen all of the district foes on video, Douglas said she thinks the Bees should still be the favorite, and Brownwood could be the top challenger.

And she is counting on the start of district play to trigger a more intense fire within them to win.

“You kind of wait for this moment,” Douglas said. “It does get redundant (playing non-district opponents). It’s nice to play a game that matters.”