The battle was to make the playoffs in a wild and competitive district volleyball race, and Central and Keller were able to be proud of that accomplishment.
Central was second in District 5-6A with Keller finishing just behind in third.
But both teams found the going a bit difficult in their respective bi-district round games last week. The losses for each team ended otherwise successful seasons.
Central lost to McKinney Boyd in three games, 15-25, 15-25, 13-25. The loss leaves the Lady Chargers with a final overall record of 28-16.
The Lady Chargers will lose eight seniors, among them Breanna Mcgranahan, Milli Solvensky and Hailey Saye.
For Keller, the results were the same as the Lady Indians faced Allen and dropped the match in three games, 16-25, 19-25, 14-25, ending their season at 22-23.
Keller came on strong in the second half of the district schedule, going 6-1 in the final seven district games.
“I’m proud of the girls and the fight they showed throughout the season,” Keller head coach Jamie Siegel said after the playoff loss. “It may not have ended the way we wanted, but I am proud of them.”
For the first-year coach at Keller, the ability to take over a group and return to the playoffs was another step for the successful program.
“You can always do better, but I am proud of how they adjusted and worked hard as a family,” Siegel said.
Other District 5-6A teams, Denton Guyer and Byron Nelson, lost their bi-district games.
McKinney Boyd beat Midlothian in the area round was set to take on Southlake Carroll, which had beaten Allen.