Someday a team may win more home matches than this season’s Granbury Lady Pirates volleyball squad, but they won’t lose any less.
The Lady Pirates wrapped up a perfect season at the James Wann Sports Center Tuesday, defeating South Hills 25-9, 25-22, 25-14 on Senior Night. They finished 16-0 in their own confines.
Overall, the Lady Pirates are 35-4, which is also a program record for victories. They are 11-1 in District 7-4A and tied with Aledo for first place, seeking at least a share of a third district title in four seasons.
“I’m very proud of the girls for this accomplishment,” said Lady Pirate coach Tammy Clark of the spotless home mark. “They like playing in front of their fans.
“We’ve never done this before, and it continues a season of firsts.”
Along with those two aforementioned records, Granbury’s No. 8 state ranking is also believed to be the highest in team history.
The Lady Pirates’ unblemished home record included capturing the championship in their own tournament – another first in Clark’s time as coach (11 years). They also claimed a thrilling five-game victory against Aledo recently, arguably the most exciting home match in GHS history.
Tuesday evening’s activities included the honoring of seniors Hannah Hiler and Sydney Carpenter.
“I think our two seniors set the tone for this whole team,” said Clark. “They have made so much of that teamwork happen that’s made us successful, just pulling us all together – and they enjoy it. They always do it with a smile on their face.
“I’m so thrilled they are a part of this season.”
Then Clark added about the remaining schedule, “But the rest of them (matches) are on the road, and hopefully we still have a bunch of them to play.”
The Lady Pirates clinched no worse than the second seed from 7-4A, meaning they will face the third- or fourth-place team from 8-4A. With two matches remaining, that looks to be either Burleson Centennial (17-13) or Joshua (21-13), both of whom have identical 7-5 league records.
“We have to finish our district play first, and so does Aledo – and we have to make a decision on that (breaking the tie) if things stay as they are,” said Clark.
And what about breaking the tie with Aledo? Clark said that she and Aledo coach Kathy Goings have had some discussions, but it will be settled later.
“We’ve talked a little and we have some ideas about what we might want to do, but we’ll deal with it then,” said Clark.
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