It’s early in the district volleyball season and this week will start to sort standings into a top half and bottom half — or just make the standings more convoluted.
Halset Eaton, Trophy Club Nelson and Keller Central are all 3-0 heading into the week and all are in different districts, 6-5A, 5-6A and 3-6A, respectively.
Keller is 2-0 in 3-6A and tied with Weatherford in their seven-team district.
And with the matchups coming this week, staying undefeated could put distance between the upper and lower tiers of each district.
Eaton, in its first season as a varsity program, has likely the toughest road. The Lady Eagles will play at Aledo and then play at Northwest. The Lady Texans are 2-1 after having lost to only Aledo.
Eaton was able to pick up a win over Chisholm Trail in five sets last week.
“It’s important to create momentum early in district,” said Eaton head coach Diane Wilson. “They were wins we worked and fought for. For the first time in varsity competition and it’s our first time to play for the playoffs. I’m very proud.”
With Northwest lining up across the net from in-school district rival Eaton for the first time, Wilson is hoping her senior-less squad will handle the intensity of a rivalry game.
“I hope we keep the emotions aside,” Wilson said. “We need to play our ball-control style and reduce errors, which is our Achilles’ heel. If we do that, it will be a good match. At this point, we can put ourselves in position to have a shot at the playoffs.”
Northwest will have its hands full in addition to the Eaton matchup.
The Lady Texans were to take on district co-leader Boswell in the early week game, and the Lady Pioneers look to be one of the district favorites.
Nelson will also have a week’s stretch of highly contested games ahead.
The Lady Bobcats, after taking on Lewisville, will face Hebron, 2-1 and then have next Tuesday’s showdown with Southlake Carroll.
“Obviously we’re off to a strong start, but we’re heading into the toughest part of the district schedule,” said Nelson head coach Libby Pacheco.
Pacheco said her team has been able to settle into the routine of the Tuesday and Thursday game schedule along with the start of classes.
Nelson is fortunate to have established some team chemistry as it hits the meat of the schedule, but Pacheco said there are still areas for improvement.
“We’re getting better each week and we haven’t peaked,” she said. “It’s good that we’re not stuck in a rut and are improving.”
Central will also face the other top-half district teams this week.
The Lady Chargers were facing Keller and then will play at Fossil Ridge on Friday. Their Tuesday game will be at home vs. Weatherford.
Keller can help decide whether the Lady Kangaroos are playing for a share of the district lead, as the Lady Indians will take on Weatherford on Friday.
“We’re excited about these upcoming matches,” said Keller head coach Jamie Siegel. “Every match is a big match. We have to show up and play disciplined every day.”
Ridge and Timber Creek can stay in contention for a playoff spot. Both teams are 1-2 and face each other on Friday.
Timber Creek is hosting Haltom before playing Fossil Ridge, while Ridge will play Brock in a non-district game early in the week.
The Lady Panthers will host Central on Tuesday.