Lady Pirates ready for run at 7-4A title

Volleyball playoffs don’t start until November, but the Granbury Lady Pirates got a taste of the atmosphere Tuesday at Euless Trinity.

“It is truly the best practice we could have going into district,’ said Lady Pirate coach Tammy Clark following her team’s 25-22, 20-25, 25-22, 25-18 loss.

“The crowd is so great, the energy is high. It really is a playoff atmosphere.”

Aubrey Ezell posted a triple-double for the Lady Pirates (10 kills, 38 assists, 38 digs), while Karis Beasley added a double-double (13 kills, 20 digs).

The loss was a rarity for the Lady Pirates (24-3) this season, who enjoyed the best predistrict campaign in team history. However, while they dominated most everyone else on their schedule, they dropped two of three to Trinity, both in Euless, while winning at home in the finals of the Granbury Tournament.

“They are a very good program, and playing at their place is really challenging,” said Clark. “But it’s a good challenge, the kind we need to make us better.”

The Lady Pirates also split matches with Burleson, downing the Lady Elks in the Granbury Tournament and losing the next week at Burleson. Granbury is ranked ninth in the state in 4A by the Texas Girls Coaches Association and Burleson is fifth.

Trinity, ironically, is not in the 5A state rankings, though Clark said they are among the top programs around.

The Lady Pirates began District 7-4A play last night at defending district champion Aledo (22-6). The Ladycats are ranked 15th in the state after reaching the state finals last season.

“I feel like we did everything we can in predistrict to get ourselves ready to try and win district,” she said. “Those (predistrict) are the games we have control over, and we put ourselves to the test as much as we could.

“I feel very confident about our predistrict schedule and how the girls came out of it.”

The Lady Pirates competed in three tournaments, winning the Maui Invitational and the Classic Chevrolet Tournament, while finishing second in the Trinity Double-T Tournament.

The Lady Pirates are chasing the school record for victories in a season (32), which was set in 2010. They are also seeking to move past the third round of the playoffs for the first time in school history, having advanced that far in four straight seasons.

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Trinity defeated Granbury 25-22, 20-25, 25-22, 25-18

Granbury leaders

Kills – Karis Beasley 13, Aubrey Ezell 10, Taylor Deyoung 7. Team total 38.

Blocks – Amber Strange 1.5. Team total 3.5.

Aces – Ezell 4, Beasley 3, Shelby Shade 2. Team total 9.

Assists – Ezell 38. Team total 38.

Digs – Ezell 38, Breanna Crain 26, Beasley 20, Madison Miller 13, Shade 12. Team total 124.