It’s been a great volleyball season for the Granbury Lady Pirates.
It can become even greater Tuesday night.
The long-awaited rematch with Aledo looms on the schedule that night at the James Wann Sports Center. The Ladycats and Lady Pirates will enter the match as the top teams in District 7-4A.
Aledo is the defending champion and has yet to lose a match in district over the past season and a half. Granbury’s only losses have come to Aledo.
The Ladycats (28-6, 6-0 in 7-4A entering last night) swept the Lady Pirates (29-4, 5-1 entering last night) in the district opener in Aledo on Sept. 13. And while it was the third sweep of Granbury by Aledo since the teams moved into the same district last season, Granbury coach Tammy Clark is optimistic her team can pull even in the district standings Tuesday night.
“I like having them here. We have been preparing for this match,” she said. “But we’re going to have to take advantage of momentum shifting in our direction.
“We’re going to have to look across the court, see their weaknesses and strengths and determine within ourselves what can we do?
“We have worked hard for this moment.”
This past Tuesday the Lady Pirates matched the 2011 squad for the second-most victories in a season by sweeping Trimble Tech 25-9, 25-4, 25-20. Last night they were trying to join the 2010 team as the only two to win 30 matches in a season – and they are on pace to shatter the mark of 32.
“These girls have their sights set on some firsts,” said Clark.
And that not only includes a win over Aledo, but more, said Lady Pirate Shelby Shade.
“We’re focusing on getting past the third round in the playoffs, winning more matches than anyone else ever has here, and hopefully reaching state,” she said.
ANOTHER RECORD FOR EZELL
Aubrey Ezell moved into the record books again Tuesday with six aces. She has 107 this season, eclipsing the mark of 105 in 2009 by Chelsea White.
Ezell has 215 career aces, having established that record in the previous match. Also, her 2,638 career assists are the most in GHS history.
But there is one other record Ezell is chasing – the most assists in a single season. She has 956 this season, and the record is 1,078 by White in 2009.
RALLYING IN THIRD GAME
In winning Tuesday, the Lady Pirates made short work of Trimble Tech (7-11, 3-3) in the first two games, but the Lady Bulldogs battled back in the third contest. Granbury regrouped and finished with an 11-2 run.
Clark said part of the reason for Tech’s better showing in the third game was the result of her making some adjustments with her lineup.
“It’s essential to be able to put in an exceptional sub, because at any time somebody can come off the floor – like Madison (Miller) did tonight,” said Clark.
Clark said Miller’s hand was hurting after the match, and her status for last night was uncertain.
In the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 4A state rankings, the Lady Pirates slipped from 11th to 18th despite having won five consecutive matches. Clark said she is not concerned about the drop.
“It’s nice when you’re recognized, but that’s all,” she said. “It does serve as a reminder there are teams we need to be aware of and to always be preparing for them.”
Burleson (28-2) is ranked second, Canyon Randall is 11th, Aledo is 14th and Amarillo is 16th in Region I, in which Granbury resides.
One of Burleson’s two losses came to Granbury in the Lady Pirates’ tournament. The Lady Elks avenged that defeat less than a week later at home.
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Granbury defeated Trimble Tech 25-9, 25-4, 25-20
Aces – Aubrey Ezell 6, Breanna Crain 5, Shelby Shade 3, team 16.
Kills – Karis Beasley 10, Amber Strange 5, team 29.
Assists – Ezell 26, Taelyn Beadle 3, team 29.
Blocks – Ezell 0.5, Strange 0.5, Taylor Deyoung 0.5, Erin Jones 0.5, Sydney Carpenter 0.5, team 2.5.
Digs – Crain 18, Beasley 9, team 51.