As volleyball teams in District 4-5A head down the stretch of the regular season schedule, the battle for the four playoff spots heats up.And to make the race even tighter, Timber Creek and Keller are tied for the fourth spot with identical 4-5 records in district play.With Keller’s five-game win over the Lady Falcons last week, the series is split, affording no tiebreaker between the two based on head-to-head competition.Keller got out with the win with 25-16, 25-20, 21-25, 9-25, 19-17 game scores.In the first meeting between the team, Timber Creek won in three games.With the return of key players from injury, Keller has been a solid team and is making their move. They had lost a five-game battle with Central a week ago.This week, Keller will take on Richland and Haltom, while Timber Creek has Fossil Ridge and Richland. The Tuesday games were played after the press deadline; see dfwvarsity.com for the results.With teams hoping to at least “hold serve” in terms of picking up victories which they earned in the first round of district competition, Timber Creek would now look to have a possible advantage.Through the remainder of the schedule, Keller has three top three teams left to play, while Timber Creek has only two. • Fossil Ridge earned a hard-fought district win on Oct. 1, overcoming that barrier for the first time in the last two years of district play. First-year head coach, Jennifer Chandler and her Lady Panthers will look for an upset win this week against Timber Creek and Central. Such a surprise would not only bolster the Ridge program, but would throw the district race into further turmoil. • Central, in second place in the district with a 8-1 record, is coming off a four-game win over Timber Creek last week. They’ll try to remain focused this week versus Northwest (7-2) and Fossil Ridge, and not look ahead toward a rematch with Carroll, the district leader, on Oct. 22. Northwest, just a game behind the Lady Chargers, fell to Central in three games earlier in the season. The Lady Texans also have Carroll still to play again before the regular season concludes.