There has been just one district volleyball game played for the Keller ISD teams heading into this week, but the implications and outcomes are as important as those on tap over the next week.
One of the biggest matches among the opening slate of games in District 5-6A had Keller and Fossil Ridge locking up. The two teams didn’t disappoint, as the match went to five games with Keller coming out just ahead, 3-2.
Keller lost the first game, 16-25 but came back to take Games 2 and 3, 25-21, 25-23. Fossil Ridge drew even by winning Game 4, 25-18. Keller then sealed the deal in a hard-fought, 16-14 win of Game 5.
“It was a good win,” said Keller head coach Jamie Siegel. “The young ladies showed a lot of grit. I’m proud of them.”
The rivalry aspect may have been lost, to some degree, on first-year coach Siegel, but she certainly didn’t diminish the importance of a win over a team like Fossil Ridge.
“I try not to get caught up in that at all. Every match is big to me,” she said.
Keller was set to play at Byron Nelson early in the week and then travel to Northwest on Friday.
Although a tough loss for Fossil Ridge, head coach Jennifer Chandler feels the setback won’t be long-lasting.
“That one hurt,” she said of the Keller loss. “But my kids are resilient and have every intention on being prepared for the matches this week.”
The Lady Panthers were taking on Denton Guyer and then hosting Byron Nelson on Friday.
“This is a great group that loves and supports one another,” Chandler said and noted there’s an encompassing support group for the team.
“Our parents have been incredibly supportive, and so we all have a strong support network to lean on when tough things happen,” Chandler added.
Central is off to a good start, as well, as it knocked off Byron Nelson in four games, 3-1, in the district opener. The only game lost was a close 26-24 score.
The Lady Chargers, 17-11 overall, were taking on Northwest this week before their home game with Timber Creek on Friday.
Central is looking to make a return the playoffs and improve upon its 7-7 district mark of a year ago.
The Lady Chargers’ strong pre-district play gives head coach Terri Kelso every indication the run this season can be at least as successful.
Also hoping to improve on last year’s season is Timber Creek.
The Lady Falcons lost to Denton Guyer, last year’s district champ, in three games on Friday.
Timber Creek was to have an opportunity to get back on track with its early-week game with Denton Ryan before its matchup with Central on Friday.
Next week’s Tuesday games (Sept. 22) have big matchups, also, with Timber Creek at Keller on Tuesday and Central at Guyer. Also on tap for next Tuesday is Fossil Ridge hosting Ryan.