Central ready to move ahead in bi-district playoff

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Central head volleyball coach Terri Kelso said the Lady Chargers’ loss to Keller in the final game of the regular season was like a traffic stop.

Keller had just beaten Central in five sets last Tuesday, creating a play-in game for Keller and Timber Creek. It also meant Central was not going to challenge Northwest for a tiebreaker match to determine the district’s second-place seed.

Keller won the second, fourth and fifth (15-12) to win the match.

“I talked to the team on Wednesday and told them the loss (to Keller) was like being pulled over for speeding,” Kelso said. “But we just got a warning instead of a ticket.”

Warning noted, and time for the Lady Chargers to proceed with caution.

But Kelso wasn’t able to linger to see the impact of the warning on the squad, as she left town to attend to her father’s funeral out of state.

“Before I left, I told them the only thing it meant was that we would not play Northwest on Friday,” Kelso said.

Without the tiebreaker game, Kelso said if there was a good time for the family tragedy to occur, it happened at the best time.

Assistant coach Stephanie Speaks took over for Kelso through her return on Sunday.

Now, Central must refocus and be ready for its Tuesday bi-district round game against Arlington Martin. Martin entered the playoffs with a 31-11 season mark.

The game was set for 6:30 p.m. at Grapevine and was played after the press deadline. Final game information is available at dfwvarsity.com.

Central had struggled to get past Richland in five sets before the Keller loss.

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

•  In the play-in game with Keller and Timber Creek, the Lady Indians took a 2 sets-to-1 lead heading into the fourth set of the match.

Timber Creek won the final two sets, 25-21 and 15-7, to advance into the playoffs and take the fourth spot in District 4-5A.

Keller had made a late-season charge to challenge for the spot, tying the Lady Falcons for fourth with 7-7 district records.

Timber Creek was set to take on Arlington from District 3-5A on Tuesday evening at L.D. Bell. Those results will also be available on dfwvarsity.com.

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