Playoffs are the payoff for a successful season, and the Central and Keller volleyball teams are reaping those rewards this week.
Central enters the playoffs against McKinney Boyd, while Keller was paired with Allen in bi-district games played on Tuesday.
Results of the games were unavailable at the press deadline but can be found at dfwvarsity.com.
Central held the second seed spot even after loss to Keller in the final regular season match, 3-1.
The Lady Chargers (26-15, 10-4) finished just ahead of Keller (21-18, 9-5) in District 5-6A.
A win on Tuesday would pit the Lady Chargers against the winner of the Midlothian vs. Trinity game.
Central head coach Terri Kelso said her team was happy to have some time off after the Tuesday game last week.
“The rest was good,” she said, hoping a one of her players will be back to full speed after tweaking an ankle earlier.
Keller, with the momentum of the win over Central, was paired with Allen in the bi-district round in Region I.
But it may have been the five-game loss to Fossil Ridge late in the schedule which was a bit of a wake-up call for the Lady Indians.
Keller head coach Jamie Siegel said they were forced to refocus down the stretch.
“Hopefully we learned from it and it helps us and we’re able to proceed,” she said.
Learning from that game may have been what helped Keller in the final match against Central.
“We executed well and it was a good end to district play,” Siegel said of the win. “It’s a good way to start ‘Season Four’ for sure,” she said in reference to the postseason.
Preparations for the next segment of the season will remain mostly unchanged for Keller.
“It’s just another match. The girls know it’s win or go home, and we don’t have to remind them,” Siegel said. “You just focus on what you can control.”
Next up for Keller would be the winner of Southlake Carroll and DeSoto.
Should Carroll prevail, the Lady Dragons, as the champion from District 7-6A, wouldn’t be an unfamiliar foe for Siegel. Siegel previously coached at 7-6A’s Colleyville Heritage.
The winners of the bi-district rounds won’t know opponents and location details until Wednesday.