Timberview looks to solidify playoffs, seeding

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Just three games remained in the volleyball season entering this week’s play, and Timberview is looking to draw closer to a top seed from District 7-5A.

The Lady Wolves, 8-3, were scheduled to play Mansfield, the district leader at 10-1, on Tuesday. The game was played after the press deadline, but results can be found at dfwvarsity.com.

Timberview is one game ahead of Midlothian and will have another showdown with the Lady Panthers next week. The Lady Wolves won the first match with Midlothian, 3-1.

Timberview head coach Beth Wills said they’ll have a few goals in mind the rest of the way.

“We have three games left and we’ll play them as well as we can,” Wills said. “First, we want to assure ourselves of a playoff position. We don’t want to let it slip away. The kids have put in the effort, and now it’s time to reap the rewards. We’ll do everything we can to be in position to win (district),” she said.

Last week, South Grand Prairie upset the Lady Wolves, a team that had swept the Lady Warriors in the first match of the teams.

“They’re one of the most improved teams in the district,” Wills said. “They have great ball-handling and passers and have played very, very well. We just had errors in key moments.”

Friday, Timberview will play at Cedar Hill.

“We’ve tried to focus on whoever is in front of us,” Wills said.

That philosophy should be well-heeded in the competitive district this year. Mansfield suffered its lone district loss to DeSoto in the opening district contest.

“There have been some surprises,” Wills admitted.

Wills said out of the eight district teams, seven are still vying for a playoff spot.

“It’s a fun district because it’s so very competitive,” Wills said. “There have been some interesting matches. The fans have gotten their money’s worth.

“There have been some great four- and five-game matches,” she added. “There are some great athletes and teams with tremendous height and making tremendous plays.”

District 7-5A will look to match up with counterparts from a Houston-area district with leaders including Belton, Copperas Cove and Midway.

In the second round, Dallas-Fort Worth teams will be back on the brackets.

Last year, Timberview finished fourth in the district, and Wills said the goal this season is to finish higher.

•  Mansfield, in addition to taking on Timberview on Tuesday, will host Grand Prairie on Friday before finishing at Cedar Hill.

•  In District 15-4A, Legacy enters the week in third place at 8-3, behind Waxahachie (10-1) and Red Oak (9-2). Tuesday’s game was with Lancaster and Friday’s game is at home hosting Seguin. They’ll finish next week with Red Oak at home. Last week, they picked up wins over Ennis and Lake Ridge.

•  Summit, 8-4, benefited from the Lake Ridge loss by giving them more cushion as the fourth-place team. It was a tough week, otherwise, as the Lady Jaguars were tagged with a loss from Red Oak after beating Lancaster. They had Waxahachie on Tuesday and Ennis on Friday.

•  Lake Ridge, 5-6, picked up a win over Lancaster last week. They have a tough week ahead with both Red Oak and Waxahachie on the schedule before finishing with Ennis on the road.

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