With one match remaining in the regular season – last night at last-place O.D. Wyatt, all that remains is the postseason and how far can the Granbury Lady Pirates advance in it this season?
In a season of firsts, the Lady Pirates have won more matches (36) than any volleyball team in school history. They finished unbeaten at home (16-0), a first under Tammy Clark in her 11 years of coaching the team.
And Friday’s 25-17, 25-19, 25-6 win at Trimble Tech was their 20th road win (including tournaments) of the season, also believed to be a first in the history of the program.
“To think, years ago we used to hope we’d win 20 total matches in a season, and this year we won that many on the road,” said Lady Pirate coach Tammy Clark. “It’s just another first in what has been a great season.”
The Lady Pirates (36-4 overall) entered this week tied with Aledo (34-7 overall), both with 12-1 records in District 7-4A. They split their two league contests.
Breanna Crain’s 18 digs raised her total to 611 this season. She is chasing the single-season record of 684 by Sierra Smith in 2011.
“If we go as deep in the playoffs as we are capable of going, she has a real chance of getting it,” said Clark. “But one match at a time.”
As for who the Lady Pirates will play in bidistrict, it depends on two things. First, they have to break the tie with Aledo, either by playing each other a third time or flipping a coin (that’s still being decided). Second, it is still up in the air who will finish third and fourth in 8-4A.
Joshua (22-13) and Burleson Centennial (18-13) are tied for third in that district and have both clinched a playoff berth. Whomever finishes second in the Granbury-Aledo tiebreaker will play the higher seeded of those two, with the winner between Granbury and Aledo taking on the lower seeded.
Granbury defeated Trimble Tech 25-17, 25-19, 25-6
Aces – Karis Beasley 3, Madison — 3, team total 10.
Kills – Aubrey Ezell 11, Beasley 6, Sydney Carpenter 5, team total 34.
Assists – Ezell 34, team total 34.
Blocks – Ezell 1.5, Taylor Deyoung 1.5, team total 4.5.
Digs – Breanna Crain 18, Beasley 13, team total 61.