When workouts began on Aug. 3, the volleyball teams in District 5-6A were all waiting for Friday, Sept. 11 to roll around on the calendar.
The first district games of the season will be played and the serious business of fighting for a playoff spot, some 14 games from now, will be underway.
All four of the Keller ISD schools have big challenges right off the bat. One of the key matchups is Fossil Ridge playing at Keller.
Ridge has had a strong pre-district season and the Lady Panthers just missed out on one of the top four playoff spots last season.
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The chance to show the improvement Fossil Ridge has made will come early against the perennially-tough Keller program.
The Lady Panthers have been led by senior setter, Tori Woogk, already garnering tournament all-star selections.
“The whole team is very excited for district,” Woogk said. “We are ready to surprise a lot of people and show everyone how hard we have been working this preseason.”
Keller, which nabbed the third-place district spot last year, will look to continue its playoff appearances under the direction of new head coach, Jamie Siegel. Siegel led Colleyville Heritage to the Region I quarterfinals last year.
Siegel said her Lady Indians are ready for “Season 2.”
“The young ladies are fired up and ready to go,” Siegel said.
Timber Creek will possibly test the balance of power in the district, as it will start off on Friday against last year’s district champion, Denton Guyer.
The Lady Falcons have taken on an aggressive pre-district schedule which included last week’s game with Richland and an early week game with Arlington Martin.
Timber Creek will be at home on Friday for the Guyer contest.
“We are ready to get things started ‘for real,’” Timber Creek head coach Erin Wood said. “Our preseason schedule has allowed for a large range of competition levels. Our preseason focus has been improving the efficiency of our volleyball mechanics and our ability to accurately read the play/hitter. Our motto this year is ‘All In’ and we are ready to jump into district.”
Central, the fourth and final team into last year’s postseason from the district, will open on Friday at Byron Nelson.
The Lady Chargers have also had a strong early season, most recently taking third place at the San Marcos tournament.
Central picked up a sweep of Cleburne following the tournament and was to play Euless Trinity and then Birdville leading up to Friday’s match with Nelson.