GLEN ROSE — Granbury turned in a complete team effort Tuesday against Burleson Centennial as the Pirates opened the UIL volleyball playoffs with a 25-16, 25-13, 25-10 victory in a Class 4A Region I bi-district playoff match at Tiger Arena.
The Pirates (38-5), who were swept in a warm-up match against Arlington Martin on Friday, used aggressive play to beat Centennial (19-14), which was making its third consecutive playoff appearance in the school’s first three years.
“It was good to play a tough team,” said Granbury coach Tammy Clark of the Martin match. “It’s more than just playing a tough hitting team. It’s more about what errors it exposes on our side that we need to work on for the playoffs.”
Granbury will play Saginaw Boswell or Denton in the area round.
In the first set, Centennial hung with Granbury early but the Pirates pulled away as Shelby Shade reeled off six consecutive service points to take a 10-point lead at 20-10.
Centennial was able to close to 21-16, but the Pirates finished with four service points by Breanna Craig.
Shade’s serving touch paid off in the second set as the Pirates built a 6-0 lead with her serving.
“Serving is a momentum changer,” Shade said. “Having a strong serve at the start of the set helped push us ahead and opened things up for us offensively.”
Granbury held a six- to nine-point lead most of the set before pulling away with Karis Beasley serving. Beasley finished with a team-high 10 kills.
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