As great season continues, Lady Pirates still want more

The Granbury Lady Pirates are in the hunt for a district volleyball championship, their third in four seasons.

They already have 27 wins and will likely set a school record for victories well before the playoffs arrive.

But they do not have complete satisfaction. And if coach Tammy Clark has her way, they never will be.

“There’s always a team working hard to beat you, and if you don’t respect that, you could be in trouble,” said Clark.

The Lady Pirates made short work of Southwest Tuesday, winning on the road 25-12, 25-10, 25-9. They remained in a tie for second in District 7-4A with Arlington Heights and Trimble Tech, all at 3-1 and a game behind Aledo.

The Lady Pirates lost at Aledo and defeated Arlington Heights at home. They host Trimble Tech Tuesday.

Aledo comes to Granbury on Oct. 8 for a match that could decide the district championship.

As has been the case in each of their district wins, the Lady Pirates dominated all phases of the contest Tuesday. They served 15 aces, led by 10 from Aubrey Ezell. Ambre Strange led play at the net with seven of the team’s 27 kills.

Defensively, Southwest didn’t give the Lady Pirates much to defend, but Shelby Shade had 11 of Granbury’s 35 digs.

In a world of political correctness, coaches with superior teams must show respect for inferior opponents. Clark’s situation is no different as her team and Aledo are once again clearly the two best in 7-4A.

Nonetheless, she said, surprises can happen, and that’s what she wants to avoid as the team chases a fifth consecutive playoff berth.

“We’re constantly looking for things to improve and get better for the next match,” she said. “You can’t ever be satisfied with how you’re playing, no matter how good it is.

“We’re playing at a high level, but we always think there’s a higher level we can get to.”

The Lady Pirates have advanced three rounds deep in the playoffs each of the past four seasons. To get deeper this season they will have to contend with arguably the toughest region in the state.

Granbury is ranked 10th in the state by the Texas Girls Coaches Association. The region also includes No. 2 Burleson (which split with Granbury), No. 4 Amarillo, No. 12 Canyon Randall, No. 13 Boswell, and No. 16 Aledo.

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Granbury defeated Southwest 25-12, 25-10, 25-9

Granbury leaders

Aces – Aubrey Ezell 10, team 15.

Kills – Amber Strange 7, Ezell 5. Team 27.

Assists – Ezell 22. Team 26.

Blocks – Team 1.5.

Digs – Shelby Shade 11, team 35.