Lady Pirates closing on playoffs

The Granbury Lady Pirates didn’t quite clinch a volleyball playoff berth Friday night in Fort Worth, but they were in playoff form as they dismantled outclassed O.D. Wyatt 25-5, 25-18, 25-9.

The Lady Pirates (18-15 overall) improved to 8-1 in District 7-4A. They entered last night’s match at district-leading Aledo (30-4, 9-0) one win away from clinching a fourth consecutive postseason berth.

“We had control from the beginning at O.D. Wyatt,” said Granbury coach Tammy Clark. “The first and third games were nearly flawless. We had some unforced errors in Game 2. Seemed to let up a little.”

With the exception of their home loss to Aledo on Sept. 14, the Lady Pirates have been nothing short of dominant in district. They have swept all three games in every match in the league.

Clark believes that regardless of last night’s outcome, her team can still make another lengthy postseason run. They advanced three rounds each of the past three seasons, playing their best volleyball just as the playoffs arrived.

“We are going to have to be able to maintain our intensity and consistent aggressive play as we approach postseason play,” she said.

Shannon Helm led Granbury at the net against Wyatt (1-19, 1-8) with 10 kills and 1.5 blocks. Aubrey Ezell served three of the team’s 11 aces and also had 19 assists, while Blair Cowden added 16 assists.

“Both setters kept the pressure on Wyatt,” said Clark.

Defensively, the Lady Pirates had 49 digs, led by Karis Beasley with a dozen.

Granbury is chasing a third consecutive district championship and needed a win at Aledo to keep that a real possibility. A loss and they would be two matches down in the standings with four to play, and would have been swept by the Ladycats.

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Granbury defeated O.D. Wyatt 25-5, 25-18, 25-9

Granbury leaders

Aces – Aubrey Ezell 3, Amy Mendoza 2, Karis Beasley 2, Shannon Helm 2, Shelby Shade 2.

Kills – Helm 10, Beasley 8, Paige Holt 6, Ezell 5.

Blocks – Helm 1.5, Holt 1.5.

Assists – Ezell 19, Blair Cowden 16.

Digs – Beasley 12, Breanna Crain 11, Cowden 7.