Contrary to what some might have thought, it was the 2013 Granbury Lady Pirates volleyball team in the James Wann Sports Center Tuesday night.
It only seemed like an entire season since they played a match there.
But, just as if they had never left, they made themselves right at home in cruising past Fort Worth Western Hills in a District 7-4A match, 25-7, 25-10, 25-16.
The victory improved the Lady Pirates, ranked 11th in the state by the Texas Girls Coaches Association, to 10-0 at home. It was their first home match since defeating Trinity in the finals of the Classic Chevrolet Tournament on Aug. 24.
“It was nice to have a home match finally,” said junior Aubrey Ezell. “All the girls were happy to be able to be up to date with our studies in our last period. Also, it was nice to have our full crowd be there to cheer us on and keep us motivated.”
It was, however, a short evening as the Lady Pirates (25-4 overall) wasted little time in ending a two-match losing streak – the only time they’ve lost consecutive matches all season.
Granbury also evened its district record at 1-1, dropping Western Hills (10-12 overall) to the same mark.
The Lady Pirates dominated almost every phase of the contest, starting with serving. They delivered 19 aces from seven different players, led by Ezell with 11.
Amber Strange led play at the net with nine kills, while Ezell added eight.
The Lady Pirates also benefited from 24 unforced errors by Western Hills.
The stats were well-distributed among the Lady Pirates as nine had one or more kills and eight had at least one or more digs, led by Breanna Crain with 10.
Ezell normally registers almost all of the assists, but even those were shared Tuesday as Taelyn Beadle had nine and Ezell posted 22.
The Lady Pirates were home again last night against Arlington Heights, but then are back on the road for two matches next week. They finish with five of their final nine matches at home, including a critical contest against Aledo on Oct. 8.
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Granbury defeated Western Hills 25-7, 25-10, 25-16
Kills – Amber Strange 9, Aubrey Ezell 8, Hannah Hiler 5. Team 31.
Blocks – Sydney Carpenter 1, team 2.5.
Aces – Ezell 11, Erin Jones 2, Shelby Shade 2. Team 19.
Assists – Ezell 22, Taelyn Beadle 9. Team 31.
Digs – Breanna Crain 10, Madison Miller 6, Karis Beasley 6. Team 37.