Granbury opened its volleyball season Tuesday night with a 25-17, 25-16, 25-16 road victory over Mansfield Lake Ridge, and one of the Lady Pirates established a school record along the way.
Coach Tammy Clark’s Lady Pirates were 41-6 last year and reached the final of their Class 4A regional tournament for their best season in the school’s volleyball history.
Granbury, now in Class 5A, is ranked No. 4 in the state in the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s preseason poll.
Clark expressed congratulations to Breanna Crain for establishing a GHS record for career digs. She went into the match needing three to break the old mark held by Sierra Smith, who is now a junior playing for Texas State University.
On Thursday, GHS began play in a 72-team Texas Volleyball Invitational in Pearland. They opened pool play with a 25-19, 25-14 victory over Hockaday. That was followed with a 25-19, 25-17 win over Alvin Manvel. Play was ongoing at press time.
Clark said Tuesday’s season opener was a solid debut.
“We served aggressively, forcing some Lake Ridge errors,” Clark said. “We will continue to get more consistent while still putting the pressure on their serve receive.”
Senior Aubrey Ezell and junior Erin Jones led the Lady Pirates in digs with 8 each. Junior Karis Beasley was next, with 7, and sophomore Amber Strange added 6.
Beasley had a dozen kills to lead the team, while Ezell posted 6. Ezell had 29 set assists.
“Offensively we had a pretty good night from a few different people,” Clark said.
“We need to still work on establishing the middle more in the match.
“Being able to give (Amber Strange) the ball more frequently will do two things: score points as she is hitting very well, (and) also open up our outsides for more one-on-one opportunities. That will continue to be something we work on as an area of improvement.”
Strange was the team leader in the serve receive category against Lake Ridge.
“I’m excited to see what these ladies will do from here,” the coach added.
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