From Hawaii to Stephenville, the Granbury Lady Pirates are a well-traveled volleyball team.
The latter was also the site of their most recent victory, 25-16, 25-23, 25-21 over the Honeybees Tuesday.
It was Granbury’s 16th match of the season away from home. The Lady Pirates are 14-2 in those matches to go with their spotless 9-0 home mark for 23-2 overall.
That, by the way, is the best start in school history.
“Being able to play with other people’s fans in the stands is important,” said Lady Pirate coach Tammy Clark. “It’s tough to play on the road, but you’re not going to be home in the playoffs.”
The Lady Pirates were at Waco Midway last night, travel to Trinity Tuesday and open District 7-4A play at Aledo next Friday. They aren’t back at the James Wann Sports Center until Sept. 17 when they host Western Hills.
That’s followed by a home match against Arlington Heights on Sept. 20. Then it’s back on the road for four consecutive district matches.
Clark said that while the schedule may seem tough, what with getting on and off the bus quite a bit, precautions are in place to make sure they don’t grow weary or fall behind in studies.
For example, Wednesday mornings after a Tuesday road match, the girls are allowed to study instead of going through a regular practice. Also, Saturday morning practices are limited.
“Recovery time is built in. We still have things to work on, but they can work on some things and still stay off their legs,” said Clark.
“If I don’t give them time, they’ll stay up all night because they have high classroom standards.
“This way, when they come to practice, they come with an energy that’s positive.”
Clark’s teams, while exceptional on the court, are also among the smartest around.
In Tuesday’s match, the Honeybees (5-18) made things interesting in the second and third games, taking advantage of their tiny home gym. However, the Lady Pirates were simply too powerful.
Aubrey Ezell added to her school-record career assists total, delivering 37. Only a junior, she has 2,398 in her career.
Ezell, who also had a team-high 17 digs, posted a double-double, as did Karis Beasley (10 kills, 16 digs).
“It speaks a lot for her, and for the hitters she’s had the last few years,” said Clark of Ezell’s record.
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Granbury defeated Stephenville 25-16, 25-23, 25-21
Kills – Karis Beasley 10, Amber Strange 10, Aubrey Ezell 6.
Blocks – Ezell 2.
Aces – Beasley 3, Strange 2, Shelby Shade 2.
Assists – Ezell 37.
Digs – Ezell 17, Beasley 16, Breanna Crain 12.
Records – Granbury 23-2, Stephenville 5-18.