Granbury volleyball advances to regional tournament

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Three straight seasons the Granbury Lady Pirates had gone to the regional quarterfinals only to go home disappointed.

That disappointment turned to jubilation when the Lady Pirates rallied from down 2-1 to Trophy Club Byron Nelson to take the last two sets, including an 18-16 victory in the decisive fifth game to send them to their first regional tournament in school history.

“We knew it was going to be a good, hard fight against a great team like Byron Nelson,” Granbury coach Tammy Clark said. “We know there are doubters out there and you can’t focus on the good or bad things people say. You just have to go out and do what you can do and these girls have done that all year.”

Granbury (40-5), which won the match 22-25, 30-28, 18-25, 25-20, 18-16, will meet either Dumas at 7 p.m. Friday.

Four players, all underclassman, had double digits in kills for the Lady Pirates. Amber Strange, Aubrey Ezell and Karis Beasley each had 13. Taylor DeYoung added 10.

“We’re a very balanced team and have a lot of girls that can step up and do things when we need them to,” Clark said. “It’s nice that way there isn’t too much pressure on any one player.”

Nelson, which ended the season at 25-16, was led by Elizabeth Pennington, who had a game-high 33 kills.

The teams went back and forth the entire match as Granbury used the play of Ezell, who at one point had a block and kill to tie the game at 10. Neither team led by more than three points in set five.

Tied at 14, Pennington’s kill put Nelson up by one before Strange answered back. Beasley then had an ace followed by a kill from Nelson’s Haley Tippett, but two back to back Nelson miscues ended the game.

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