The greatest start to a volleyball season in Granbury High history continued Saturday with another first.
For the first time in her 11 years as coach, Tammy Clark’s Lady Pirates are now the champions of their own tournament.
The Lady Pirates accomplished the feat with a come-from-behind 17-25, 25-23, 25-22 victory against Trinity at the James Wann Sports Center.
“It’s really very fantastic to win your own tournament,” said an ecstatic Clark. “We knew we had some fierce competition coming in.”
The Lady Pirates improved to 17-0, something no other Granbury volleyball team has ever done. It was also their second tournament championship of the season, having captured the title of the Maui Invitational the season before.
The Lady Pirates ran through their pool with little difficulty, sweeping Chisholm Trail, Lubbock and Kennedale. Paschal forced Granbury to three games, 25-13, 22-25, 25-12.
In the Gold Bracket, Granbury again swept its first two foes, Mansfield Summit 25-20, 25-21, and Burleson 25-21, 27-25.
“We’ve been really close before, and this year we did it,” said Aubrey Ezell, who was named all-tournament along with Breanna Crain.
“We’re really happy to be the first team to win this for Coach Clark.
“Of all teams, Trinity, our best friends.”
The Lady Pirates and the Trinity players have developed a special friendship over the years through the head coaches being good friends and by playing in each other’s tournaments each season.
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Classic Chevrolet Volleyball Tournament
at Granbury High
Granbury defeated Chisholm Trail 25-22, 25-6
Granbury defeated Lubbock 25-10, 25-10
Granbury defeated Paschal 25-13, 22-25, 25-12
Granbury defeated Kennedale 25-12, 25-20
Granbury defeated Mansfield Summit 25-20, 25-21
Granbury defeated Burleson 25-21, 27-25
Granbury defeated Trinity 17-25, 25-23, 25-22
Burleson defeated Richland 25-17, 25-19
Granbury tournament leaders
Kills – Erin Jones 32, Amber Strange 31, Aubrey Ezell 29, Taylor DeYoung 22, Karis Beasley 21.
Blocks – Strange 7, Ezell 6.5, Sydney Carpenter 6.
Aces – Ezell 16, Breanna Crain 7, Strange 6.
Assists – Ezell 161.
Digs – Crain 99, Ezell 76, DeYoung 58, Shelby Shade 47.
Granbury record – 17-0.