Lady Falcons poised for breakout season

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A stacked roster for Timber Creek’s volleyball team is already paying dividends.

In just their second year in 5A, and still a week out from launching their district schedule, the Lady Falcons are closing in on their season win record set last year of over 20 wins. They also collected the North Texas Volleyball Classic championship in Prosper a week ago and made it to the finals of the Forney Tournament, taking their record to 16-4.

A fifth-place finish in the district kept them out of the playoffs last year.

Timber Creek was taking on rival and former district-mate Byron Nelson on Tuesday before prepping for the District 4-5A schedule, which starts on Sept. 13 against Keller.

Timber Creek lost just one senior from last year’s squad in Kelly Mebane, and although she left big shoes to fill, there are six seniors and talented younger players stepping up.

“With these girls, we’re beating the teams we should beat and playing well against the top teams,” said Timber Creek head coach Cathy Reeves. “We’re trying to raise the bar a little bit for ourselves. Right now, we’re trying out different things for our defense and focusing on what we need to work on.”

Reeves reflected on the fact the Lady Falcons were just 13 points away from being in the playoffs last year.

“We’re talented enough with our seniors and even some enthusiastic freshmen,” Reeves said of the expectations to make the playoffs this year. “We just need to prove it to ourselves.”

“Playing in the Mansfield tournament was good for us,” Reeves said, as they faced some of the area’s tougher competition, including the Arlington schools that habitually make the playoffs.

“It was a chance to see the type of teams we’d see in the playoffs,” Reeves said. “We lost to (Arlington) Martin, but we played well against them.”

Senior outside hitter and SMU commit Lauren Mills is confident this year’s squad will be playoff-bound. “We lost only one senor and some great JV players coming up,” Mills said. “We have a lot of experience playing with each other.”

With over 15 games under their belt, the Lady Falcons are fairly set on their lineup, but they want to stay ahead of the curve.

“Now we want to speed everything up so we’re ahead of everybody,” Mills said. “We’re ready to play in the next tournaments, but we’re really looking forward to district. Nelson is a big rival and we have a good chance to win that match. We’re very confident.”

In addition to Mills’ experience and leadership, Timber Creek’s 1-2 punch is complete with Erika Costain. “They increase our middle pressure and power,” Reeves said.

Taylor Perry is another senior whose athleticism complements her stability for the team, Reeves said.

After the match with Nelson, Timber Creek will take on Cedar Hill and Grand Prairie prior to the square-off with Keller.

•  Central was playing in the San Marcos Tournament over the weekend, but was playing above .500. They were to play Argyle, Trinity and Burleson before starting the district slate with Haltom at home on Sept. 13.

• Fossil Ridge is coming out of the tough Arlington Invitational, where they picked up one win. The Lady Panthers still have Springtown (Tuesday), Paschal and Denton before they start district against Carroll in Southlake.

• Keller was also at the Arlington Invitational and picked up wins over Paschal and Birdville. They were to host Arlington on Tuesday and then Burleson Centennial prior to the Timber Creek matchup.

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