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Bees show energy in district volleyball opener

Staff Writer
Stephenville Empire-Tribune

With the start of District 6-4A volleyball play, Stephenville High School’s state-ranked Honeybees turned up the heat — as expected.

The Honeybees improved to 18-3 overall and 1-0 in district with their 25-17, 25-19, 25-15 victory at Gatesville. The Honeybees are 14th in the state in this week’s Texas Girls Coaches Association’s Class 4A top 20 state rankings, while Gatesville is 18th.

SHS head coach Shay Douglas indicated that the Bees’ intensity was better than it had been in their Sept. 18 road loss at Class 5A Abilene Wylie.

“We played with a lot more energy than we have the last couple of games. It (Tuesday’s district opener) has value to it,” said Douglas, whose squad was scheduled to play last night (Friday, Sept. 25) at home against Glen Rose in another district test. “It was good for the most part, pretty consistent.”

After the Glen Rose contest, the Honeybees will have Tuesday off before taking to the road for an Oct. 2 battle in Lampasas.

“We just need to play our game,” Douglas said. “Our main focus is to continue to improve, and being consistent.”

One of the Bees who has been sidelined recently by an arm injury, junior Reese Weyers, has been cleared to begin practicing, Douglas noted.

In Tuesday’s junior varsity matchup, SHS also defeated Gatesville, 25-11, 25-17. Gatesville grabbed a win in the freshman match, 25-19, 25-23.