By RUSSELL HUFFMAN
September 15, 2020
No. 9 Stephenville played streakily, but that was still good enough to lift the Bees to a 25-15, 25-17, 25-7 sweep of Salado at Gandy Gym Tuesday.
“On Monday, I think we were a little silly in practice,” Coach Shay Douglas said. “I always tell the girls that silly equals sloppy. I tell the girls, ‘let’s have fun, but let’s be sharp.”
Tuesday, that “silliness” transferred over, and Stephenville started with a dull blade. The Bees needed two full sets of play before Stephenville began to look like the razor-sharp unit that has compiled a 17-2 overall record.
To be fair, Salado launched a unique defense as Stephenville players would smash the ball over the net, and it would be returned in one hit. While the Lady Eagles kept the ball in play, it didn’t help their offense; still, it served to keep Stephenville somewhat off balance on defense.
“It wasn’t necessarily routine volleyball,” Douglas said. “I finally told them going into the third set that we are here to make a statement.”
Stephenville’s receive-of-service continues to improve, but Douglas pointed out it wasn’t as good as what she had seen on Friday.
“We got a little streaky, and we are working on that. The girls are fully aware of it,” Douglas said. “It’s a mental thing. It’s not a physical thing with them.”
Stephenville has a pair of road trips on the schedule as they head to Abilene Wylie and their District 6-4A opener in Gatesville. The Bees return home to face Glen Rose on Sept. 25.