Lady Falcons have work cut out for them this week

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Timber Creek volleyball is coming off a win over Haltom last Friday and hopes that the confidence gained will carry over into a big week of competition.

The Lady Falcons, sitting at 4-1 in district play going into Tuesday’s showdown with Northwest, will then gather themselves for a stiff test when they host Carroll on Friday.

Still, the game with the Lady Texans on Tuesday, pits the potential contenders for a playoff spot against each other. The game was played after the print deadline; results can be found at dfwvarsity.com.

Northwest was sitting at 3-2 in district with losses to Central and Carroll, the other top teams of District 4-5A.

Although the win over Haltom was a 3-1 victory for Timber Creek, Lady Falcons head coach Cathy Reeves said the battle was a great experience for her squad.

“It was all close, but it’s absolutely good to have to battle through,” Reeves said. “We’re in a different world to be in the top part of the rankings. We’re not used to being the one with everything to lose. The pressure is something we’re having to battle.”

Having a team nip at the Lady Falcons’ heels allows them to find their way through the fight, Reeves said.

“We felt confident and it felt great,” she added. “We’d build a lead and then they’d come back. It was good to be able to hold them off.”

The court experience, as well as having a target on their backs, is unique for Timber Creek.

“It’s just that different place for us to be in that we’ve never been in before,” Reeves said. “It’s a new and different world. We used to be the team that others wanted to go out and beat. Northwest is one game behind us, so a win over them would be outstanding. There won’t be a game where we can relax. That’s what its like when you’re playing for a playoff spot.”

Central beat Timber Creek earlier in a five-game match, with the fifth game going to 15-17. Carroll will be a benchmark game for Timber Creek. The Lady Falcons will see how they stack up.

“If we end up third or fourth in district, that’s the caliber of team we’ll face in the playoffs,” Reeves said.

Reeves said she’s very proud of the way her team has played thus far, especially in the face of adversity.

“Those that have stepped in have played well,” she said. “We’ll be tested mightily this week. But we’ll get better and better.”

•  Another big rivalry matchup on Friday is Central and Keller, which will have an interesting family twist.

The teams will face each other with their own sets of sisters, each of which are a senior and a sophomore.

Keller’s Malery Wahlin is joined by younger sister Sydney, while Central’s Haley Howard and sophomore sister Zoe will likely find a rotation with the sibling pairs squaring off against each other.

“There is a time when we rotate and Haley and Zoe will play side-by-side on the net together,” Central coach Terri Kelso said. “We call it our Howard Block.”

Keller (2-3) was playing Carroll on Tuesday, while Central (4-1) was taking on Richland.

Fossil Ridge (0-4), was looking for its first district win against Haltom on Tuesday and then faces Northwest on Friday.

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