In 2012 the Granbury Lady Pirates ended the season with 24 victories, reaching the third round of the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season.
Friday, the Lady Pirates won their 24th match – and they don’t even open district play until Friday.
The Lady Pirates (24-2) came from behind to win at Waco Midway 23-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-13.
It continued what is so far the best volleyball season in school history to this point. Their losses are at Burleson and Trinity, both of whom the Lady Pirates defeated at the James Wann Sports Center in their own annual tournament.
Burleson is ranked fifth in the state in 4A and Granbury is ninth in this week’s rankings by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
Granbury was playing at Trinity last night to wrap up predistrict competition.
“It was a good win on the road,” Clark said of Friday’s victory. “Waco Midway is always a well-coached team.
“This match tested our game, both physically and mentally. It was a strong finish.”
Aubrey Ezell (51 assists, 15 digs) and Karis Beasley (14 kills, 20 digs) each posted a double-double at Midway. Ezell also served five of the team’s seven aces.
Granbury showed strength at the net with 52 kills, but also frustrated Midway on defense with 89 digs, led by Breanna Crain with 27.
Granbury is seeking its third district championship in four seasons. Last season they finished second in District 7-4A to Aledo, which went on to reach the state finals.
The Ladycats ran through district with a 14-0 record, handing the Lady Pirates (12-2) their only two league losses.
The teams will meet in the first of two district matches Friday in Aledo. They will also tangle in Granbury on 8.
Aledo (21-6) is ranked 17th in the state in 4A after being ranked in the top five in the preseason.
Granbury defeated Waco Midway 23-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-13
Kills – Karis Beasley 14, Taylor Deyoung 13, Amber Strange 10, Aubrey Ezell 8.
Blocks – Sydney Carpenter 2.
Aces – Ezell 5.
Assists – Ezell 51.
Digs – Breanna Crain 27, Beasley 20, Ezell 15, Shelby Shade 10.
Granbury record – 24-2.