Volleyball Insider: Granbury determined to keep making waves

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More information Key games Friday Waco University at Joshua, 5:30 p.m. Aledo at Arlington Heights, 5:30 p.m. Hurst L.D. Bell at Colleyville Heritage, 6:30 p.m. Arlington Martin at Arlington Lamar, 6:30 p.m. Mansfield Timberview at Mansfield, 7 p.m. Tuesday Hockaday at Country Day, 6 p.m. Nolan Catholic at Bishop Dunne, 6 p.m. Hurst L.D. Bell, Euless Trinity, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday’s late results District 3-5A Lamar d. Sam Houston 25-11, 25-13, 25-15 District 6-5A Grapevine d. Irving 25-11, 25-8, 25-12 District 5-4A Azle d. Rider 25-22, 19-25, 25-22, 24-26, 19-5 Today’s games TAPPS 1-5A Argyle Liberty at Nolan Catholic, 6 p.m. TAPPS 1-4A Frisco Legacy at Coll. Covenant, 6 p.m. SPC North Country Day at Episc. School of Dallas, 6 p.m.

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The last time Tammy Clark took her Granbury volleyball team to Hawaii, the Pirates came home and ran off 14 consecutive wins on the way to the district title.

That was four seasons ago and parents took notice.

This season, Granbury is off to a 27-4 start, having opened the season with an 8-0 run to the Kamehameha Invitational title on Maui.

“It really was the parents that made it happen,” Clark said. “I committed to doing it again with the stipulation was that the parents do the fundraising for it.”

As before, the trip has paid dividends beyond the win-loss record.

Four years ago, that Granbury team learned a little bit about volleyball, according to Clark.

The Pirates went 2-6, getting hammered by four of the top teams in the nation from California and Hawaii.

“They got to see what good high school volleyball was all about,” Clark said. “It really set the wheels in motion that season and this trip was the same. The teams weren’t quite as prominent, but you’re always going to get good volleyball in Hawaii.”

Although the Pirates won’t be making another undefeated district run, having already lost to Aledo two weeks ago, they did come away from the trip to the Islands with a closer bond and a determination to do well.

Granbury’s other three losses have been avenged at different points this season. The Pirates lost to Trinity twice, but beat the Trojans once and have split season matches with Burleson.

Junior setter Aubrey Ezzell not only leads the team with 580 assists, but she also has a team-high 114 kills. Amber Strange and Karis Beasley are right behind her at 103 and 101 kills each for the season.

“We have a lot of young ones on the floor, but a lot of them got a plenty of floor time last season,” Clark said. “We only have two seniors after graduating seven, but this is by far our best start to the season in a long time.”

Can you dig it

Euless Trinity’s Bri Palumbo leads the area in digs with 438. That’s one reason the Trojans are off to a 26-4 start. Palumbo is one of two players, Lauren Beard of Arlington being the other, that are over 400 digs for the season.

Tatiana Ferrari of Birdville and Cat McCoy of Southlake Carroll are at 398 and 392, respectively. Rachel Goodwin at Colleyville Heritage, Lauren Nicks at Arlington and Maddy Utley at Saginaw Chisholm Trail are over 380.

Tarrant sweep?

The four Tarrant County schools, Trinity, L.D. Bell, Colleyville Heritage and Grapevine, sit atop the District 6-5A standings for the four available playoff spots early in the district race.

Trinity and Colleyville Heritage will stage a showdown to determine the early lead for the district title Tuesday.

Of the four Dallas County schools, Irving and Irving Nimitz do have wins in district, but have only one set win against a Tarrant County school.

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