Finding the right personnel mix on the floor is the current quest for Granbury volleyball coach Tammy Clark.
On Tuesday, the Lady Pirates showed it might be coming together. Middle blocker Shannon Helm, sparked by the winning kill in set one, had four kills, three blocks and served three aces in a 25-21, 25-18, 25-15 victory against Western Hills.
It was the kind of performance that had Clark optimistic about her team's run in district play.
"To come on the road and get a win like this is big," she said. "Western Hills is a good team, has a similar style, and I thought we did some things tonight that kept them off-guard."
Helm's play not only was damaging in the middle, it forced Western Hills to be wary on the outside as well.
Granbury (13-15, 3-1 District 7-4A) had 71 total attacks, which kept the Lady Cougars guessing on defense.
Helm, who missed three weeks of the season with a high ankle sprain, said her team's energy and enthusiasm was not just a one-night show.
"We have an active middle that tends to open things up for the outside and then they started winning points, it opens things back up in the middle," she said.
That was evident as Helm's only kill in set 1 came on the winning point.
She served an ace in game two, but it was 20 played points later when she went to work.
Western Hills (10-6, 3-1) had four hitting errors trying to work away from Helm and she had two kills in a stretch in which Granbury built a 21-15 lead.
In set one, Granbury took an 18-9 lead before Western Hills rallied with an 8-1 run to get as close as two points.
But the Pirates got two kills from Alexis Carpenter, a block from Aubrey Ezzell and the kill from Helm to close out the set.
Carpenter finished with five kills and a block.
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