Central, Timber Creek on course for early pivotal match

Posted Monday, Sep. 16, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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The Central and Timber Creek volleyball teams have season records that aren’t far apart in the number of wins, but equal marks in all that matters.

While Central has fought to a 13-10 record and Timber Creek at 11-4, for games reported, they both boast 1-0 district marks headed into Tuesday’s matchup against each other, played after the press deadline.

Central needed just three games to take their match against Haltom last Friday in the District 4-5A opener, with Timber Creek taking care of the youthful Keller squad.

“It’s always good to get a district win under your belt,” Central head coach Terri Kelso said.

Not only did the Lady Chargers have the up-and-coming Lady Falcons for this week, but they’ll face Northwest on Friday. Northwest disposed of Richland on Friday.

“It’s good to be taking a win into this week in tough back-to-back matches,” Kelso said. “We’ll need to be at our best.”

Most teams are ready to start their “second season” after wrapping up the first season of non-district and tournament games.

“We’re definitely ready to start district,” Kelso said. “The kids have a different mindset now. They know everything counts and it’s the most important part of the season. You see if you can get to ‘season three,’” she said, referencing the postseason.

Following a tournament title, Central struggled in other matches. But Friday’s Haltom games saw the Lady Chargers put it all together.

•  Timber Creek opened with the three-game sweep of Keller. The Lady Falcons are looking to be a new contender in the district. They’ll take on Fossil Ridge on Friday, after the Central matchup.

The Lady Falcons had also posted a sweep of Grand Prairie prior to their district season opener.

• Keller looked to bounce back against Fossil Ridge Tuesday before they host struggling Richland on Friday.

The Lady Indians are returning various players from injury and illness after modifying their lineups to compensate for the losses (see related story).

• Fossil Ridge, with a loss to Carroll on Friday, will look to the Keller match to use as a measuring stick against the district’s playoff hopefuls. The Panthers’ road gets no easier on Friday as they’ll tangle with Timber Creek. Fossil Ridge has had a difficult road since their strong showing early in the season at the Cowtown Classic tournament, where they notched four wins.

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