Ezell commits to S. Carolina for beach ball

Aubrey Ezell has the rest of this season and one more to play volleyball for the Granbury Lady Pirates.

But she already knows where she will be playing her college ball.

Ezell, only a junior, has made a commitment to accept a scholarship to play beach volleyball for the University of South Carolina, she confirmed over the weekend.

“It’s a D-I (NCAA’s highest level, Division I). I’m too excited, and I know I belong there,” said an excited Ezell.

Ezell owns Lady Pirate records for career assists (2,813), assists in a season (1,131), career aces (242) and aces in a season (134). She has also been the centerpiece in their 34-4 record to date, the best regular season in program history.

In addition, she has led the Lady Pirates to a No. 8 ranking in the state, believed to be the highest ranking ever for the program.

In Friday’s 25-6, 25-6, 25-19 victory against Southwest at the James Wann Sports Center, Ezell added to her records with 26 assists and nine aces as the Lady Pirates improved to 10-1 in District 7-4A. They remained tied with Aledo (32-7, 10-1) for first place, with the teams having split their two district matches.

Both teams have already clinched playoff berths, a fifth consecutive for the Lady Pirates. A district title would be their third in four seasons as they were runners-up to Aledo last season.

“I want to brag on Aubrey,” said Lady Pirate coach Tammy Clark. “She has worked very hard and has found a good fit to continue to play ball at a very high level.

“I am excited to see that unfold for her and where that takes her. She has committed a lot of time and energy to becoming the player she is today.”

Also for the Lady Pirates, junior Breanna Crain posted 15 defensive digs to move closer to a couple of records she is chasing. She has 605 this season and 1,226 for her career, closing on the records of 684 and 1,375 by Sierra Smith.

No decision has been made concerning the Lady Pirates and Aledo breaking their first-place tie, should they finish that way. Granbury coach Tammy Clark has indicated she would like to hold a one-game playoff to determine seeding for bidistrict.

Granbury has matches remaining against South Hills at home last night, at Trimble Tech Friday and at O.D. Wyatt Tuesday.

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Granbury defeated Southwest 25-6, 25-6, 25-19

Granbury leaders

Aces – Aubrey Ezell 9, Amber Strange 4, Karis Beasley 4. Team total 20.

Kills – Strange 5, Beasley 5, Hannah Hiler 5. Team total 26.

Assists – Ezell 26. Team total 26.

Blocks – Ezell 0.5, Beasley 0.5. Team total 1.

Digs – Breanna Crain 15, Beasley 7, Shelby Shade 6. Team total 46.