Big Tuesday showdowns determined playoff picture

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The final playoff spots in District 5-4A volleyball were up for grabs on Tuesday with possible tiebreaker matches to be played Friday.

The biggest game of the district was Keller hosting Central with a few implications at stake. Although the results were determined after the press deadline, they can be found at dfwvarsity.com.

Central, 10-3 in district and in a second-place tie with Northwest, is behind Carroll and the Lady Dragons’ perfect 13-0 mark heading into the regular season finale. Central already owns a win over Keller.

Keller, 6-7 in district play, must win to create an opportunity for a tiebreaking rematch with Timber Creek. Keller was a game behind Timber Creek at 7-6, but the Lady Falcons were playing Carroll on Tuesday.

It would take a win over Central and a Timber Creek loss for Keller to have a shot at the playoffs through a tiebreaker game with the Lady Falcons.

“It’s do-or-die, win and in,” said Keller head coach Sylvia Ortiz prior to the game on Tuesday. “We have to beat Central and I like our chances.”

The first match against Central, Ortiz said her Lady Indians were shorthanded and really young. “Well, we’re still young,” she said light-heartedly. “It’s been a long haul this season.

The game is big for Central, as well.

Central must win to keep pace with Northwest, which played Fossil Ridge on Tuesday.

A loss and a Northwest win gives the second-place district seed to the Lady Texans. A win by both teams creates a tiebreaker game on Friday for the Lady Chargers and Lady Texans.

Terri Kelso, Central’s head coach, said their recent Friday win over Richland was tougher than expected, as it went five sets, with the Lady Chargers winning 3-2.

“A win is a win,” Kelso said, noting the Lady Chargers attained their goal with the victory.

“We’re still in the playoffs and that was a goal at the first of the year,” Kelso said.

Should a tiebreaker game come about, it is already set for Friday at 5:30 pm at Northwest, Kelso said.

Timber Creek almost paved an easier path for Central, but lost a tough match to Northwest on Friday, 3-2.

“It was an amazing match against Northwest,” said Timber Creek head coach Cathy Reeves. “It went almost two hours and we played as well as I think we could have played,” she said.

Reeves wasn’t ready to concede the game to Carroll, though.

“There’s always a chance,” Reeves said. “It could happen. This is the best time to upset the No. 1 team.”

Fossil Ridge, 1-12 in district, was closing with Northwest and first-year head coach Jennifer Chandler said the Lady Panthers have made progress and will continue to do so. “We are getting better. We will figure out things like how to close during the off-season,” she said.

The bi-district round of the playoffs starts next Tuesday with the counterparts of District 3-5A, which includes top Arlington teams including Arlington High and Martin.

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