The Keller ISD volleyball teams got the season underway last week in a big way, with plenty of games on the schedule.
After opening the regular season on Tuesday last week, all four teams were busy with tournaments over the weekend and will continue to the torrid pace prior to starting their district schedule on Sept. 12.
Keller started the season off going 1-1 on the first day of competition. They beat Mansfield Timberview 3-1 but lost to Boswell, 3-0. At the Grapevine Tournament over the weekend, the Lady Indians lost to Paschall, 2-1, but beat Creekview, 2-1, Plano East, 2-0, and Timber Creek, 2-1. They dropped their final game of the tournament to McKinney Boyd, 2-0.
The Indians (4-3) now come back and take on L.D. Bell on Tuesday before heading north to play in the Northwest ISD Tournament. They will be back at home to play Highland Park on Tuesday, Aug. 26.
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Timber Creek, under first year coach Erin Wood, finished second in their pool at the Grapevine Tournament. They posted wins over Joshua and Carrollton Newman Smith before a loss to Grapevine. After the loss to Keller, the Lady Falcons picked up a win over Plano East before a loss to Bell.
“We are working out some system kinks but are improving in the process,” said Wood.
The Lady Falcons were to play at Saginaw Chisholm Trail on Tuesday before playing in the Northwest ISD Tournament this weekend. After a match against Trimble Tech on Tuesday, they’ll play another tournament at the Arlington ISD tourney the following weekend.
Fossil Ridge also collected a second place pool on Thursday at the Mansfield ISD tournament. They picked up a first place finish in Friday’s pool play to advance to the championship bracket.
With a start of a 30th seed, the Lady Panthers finished in a tie for seventh overall when the dust cleared.
In Saturday’s championship round, the Lady Panthers lost a tough, three-game match to El Paso Franklin and then another close two-game matchup with Arlington Lamar.
“We played hard and the team came together despite playing without our starting setter on Thursday and part of Saturday due to injury,” said head coach Jennifer Chandler.
It was a tiring eight games (five wins, three losses) for Fossil Ridge, but like most teams at this stage of the season, the game experience is highly appreciated.
Tori Woogk was named to the All-Tournament team for Fossil Ridge.
Ridge will compete with the other KISD schools at the Northwest ISD Tournament this weekend after playing at Mansfield again as they were taking on Timberview.
Central lost to North Crowley, 3-1, in the opener but beat Maypearl in the opening round of the Mansfield ISD tournament. After a 3-0 win over South Oak Cliff, they dropped their next tourney games to Mansfield Lake Ridge, Mansfield and El Paso Franklin. They bounced back with a win over Mansfield Timberview but then lost to Wollforth Frenship and then Mansfield Legacy.
The Lady Chargers were to play Colleyville Heritage on Tuesday and then, as with the other KISD schools, play at the Northwest ISD Tournament. They then host Burleson Centennial on =Aug. 26.