FLASH STAFF REPORT
Stephenville (3-1) won two pool game and a crossover contest on opening day of tournament play in Saginaw Thursday,
Hitting was key for the Honeybees who posted a .400 attack percentage in a 25-17, 25-9 thumping of Burleson Centennial in their final match of the day, .311 in a 25-17, 25-9 win over Grand Prairie and .300 in a 24-26, 25-15, 25-20 win against Fort Worth Chisholm Trail.
Stephenville continues pool play Friday, with matches against Lorena and Richland beginning at 9 a.m.
The Grand Prairie onslaught began the day, and Kourtney Seaton started strong with nine kills and three blocks. Chelsea Gillespie was everywhere with 14 assists, three aces and eight digs, Taylor Garber and 10 assists and Taylor Medlin made eight digs. Mikayl Hobbs, Kaleigh Conger and Nicona Stilwell each tallied five kills.
Chisholm Trail was the toughest test of the day, as the Honeybees rebounded from a first-set loss to outscore the opponent 50-35 over the final two sets in the best-of-three pool match.
Stilwell, a junior middle, was strong offensively and defensively with eight kills and six blocks against Chisholm trail, while Conger and Hobbs, both senior outside hitters, had nine kills and seven respectively, and Seaton, a senior middle, put down seven kills with two blocks. Kerstin Fredrickson racked up seven digs.
Taylor Garber connected on 17 assists, while Chelsea Gillespie had her second straight match with 14 assists and eight digs.
Because of odd scheduling with a 22-team field, the Honeybees had to play a pool crossover contest against Burleson Centennial, and it proved to be nothing more than a cool-down to end the day. Conger had eight kills, Hobbs five, Fredrickson five, Stilwell three and Seaton two. Seaton also had five blocks while Stilwell stuffed three, and Fredrickson aced three serves.