The Granbury Lady Pirates concluded the first half of play in District 7-4A volleyball with a 25-10, 25-14, 25-13 sweep of Fort Worth South Hills Friday at the James Wann Sports Center.
The Lady Pirates (16-15 overall) reached the league’s midway point with a 6-1 district record. Their lone loss was to Aledo (28-4, 7-0), the No. 4 team in the state according to the Texas Girls Coaches Association rankings.
The Lady Pirates have not lost a game in sweeping all six of their match victories. They lost in three games at home to Aledo and have a crucial rematch with the Ladycats in Aledo on Oct. 9.
The match next Tuesday should go a long way in deciding the district champion. If the Lady Pirates win, it would bring them into a tie with the Ladycats, barring an upset by another team. If Aledo wins, again barring an upset, they would have a huge advantage as the teams enter the final stretch.
The Lady Pirates are trying to win a third consecutive district title. The last time that happened was 1992-94.
As for the win over South Hills, the Lady Pirates were hardly threatened from the outset. Eleven players had at least one kill and 10 players had at least one defensive dig.
The Lady Pirates continued their strong serving of late, delivering 16 aces. Aubrey Ezell served eight and Shannon Helm had five.
Ezell had a double-double as she also served up 29 assists.
Granbury defeated South Hills 25-10, 25-14, 25-13
Aces – Aubrey Ezell 8, Shannon Helm 5.
Kills – Helm 13, Ezell 7, Alexis Carpenter 6.
Assists – Ezzell 29, Blair Cowden 15.
Digs – Breanna Crain 16, Shelby Shade 12.