By BRAD KEITH
MINERAL WELLS (November 5, 2015) — An 11-4 run to close the second set and an 11-2 beginning to the third fueled Stephenville to a sweep of Godley in the area round of the Region I-4A volleyball playoffs Tuesday.
Stephenville won 25-21, 28-26, 25-19, advancing to face Vernon in the regional quarterfinals next week. Vernon eliminated Springtown in four sets, also on Thursday. Stephenville head coach Fran Metzger said the quarterfinal match is likely next Tuesday at Jacksboro.
Stephenville jumped ahead 3-0 and led throughout a tight first set, but found itself trailing 22-17 and ultimately 24-20 in the third. That’s when the Honeybees showed their playoff mettle.
With Kylee Ponder coming to serve and Kourtney Seaton taking over in the middle, the Honeybees forced the set to extras by tying it at 24-24, scoring even after a Godley timeout. Seaton ultimately landed the winner – just as she did in the first set – in a 28-26 thriller.
Both teams could sense the outcome to begin the third, and Stephenville came out on fire with an 11-2 lead. Godley scratched and clawed its way within 20-17, but Stephenville righted its ship and scored the final three points after it was 22-19.
Seaton, a senior middle committed to Northwestern State (La.), racked up 19 kills and three blocks. Senior outsides Mikayla Hobbs and Kaleigh Conger had big all-around performances. Conger made 12 kills and seven digs while Hobbs added eight kills and eight digs.
Chelsea Gillespie and Taylor Garber each made 16 assists and Kylee Ponder tallied 11 digs.
Here’s what Stephenville head coach Fran Metzger had to say about the win: