Keller Citizen

Ridge looks to knock off another top team

“Anyone can beat anyone on any given night” has long been an adage in District 5-6A volleyball, and it hasn’t disappointed yet.

Although Central, 5-2 in district, still sits alone in second place behind Denton Guyer, the Lady Chargers learned the lesson the hard way last week.

Fossil Ridge came in and notched its third district win over Central on Tuesday in five games, 15-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-14, 15-9. Ridge also beat Timber Creek last week to boost its district mark to 3-4.

Now, the Lady Panthers will have a chance to test their skills and momentum this Friday as they host Guyer.

“Central is a good team, and is solid offensively with some kids that swing well,” Fossil Ridge head coach Jennifer Chandler said. “Our kids fought hard and were motivated to get over this mental roadblock. We played well as a team.”

Chandler noted her senior backcourt was “outstanding” in its receive and digging, “giving us an opportunity offensively.”

The Lady Panthers got a spark from Kate Hearn, who entered in Game 3, hitting shots in crucial situations. Mikayla Emmert was also noted for her play in the Central match, Chandler said.

Central was able to get back on track later in the week with a huge win over Keller.

“The [Fossil Ridge] loss hurts and makes it more difficult for us,” said Central head coach Teri Kelso. “Someone else has to beat Guyer and we have another shot at Guyer,” she said. “Now we need to take care of business and we’re sitting really well.

“Beating Keller was huge,” Kelso said of the rebound. “We hadn’t beaten them in a few years.”

The last win over Keller by Central was on Oct. 14, 2013 in five games. Central had beaten Keller twice in the 2010 season for the only other victories by the Lady Chargers since then.

“It’s a feather in the cap,” Kelso said.

Now, Central will face Byron Nelson and travel to Northwest on Friday.

Keller, even with the loss, is still in good position.

But, Keller will test Fossil Ridge in the early week game before hosting Nelson on Friday. The Lady Indians had beaten Denton Ryan last week to go to 4-3 and in a tie with Nelson for third place in the district.

That tie will be broken, with at least the start of a tiebreaker between Keller and Nelson.

Timber Creek continues to battle and is looking for an opportunity to build on some momentum.

The Lady Falcons will have those chances this week with games against Guyer and Ryan in two trips to Denton.