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Top 10 Fort Worth area volleyball teams and players to watch during the playoffs

Southlake Carroll senior McKenzie Nichols
Southlake Carroll senior McKenzie Nichols Southlake Sports Pics

The UIL volleyball playoffs are here with bi-district games on Monday and Tuesday.

Here are the top 10 Fort Worth area teams and top 10 players to watch.

The state tournament is Nov. 14-17 at Garland’s Curtis Culwell Center.

Teams to Watch

Byron Nelson (40-1): A 2017 regional tournament team, the Bobcats have been on top of the 6A state rankings for the past two months. Their only loss came to Coppell at the end of August. Byron Nelson has won 102 sets while dropping just 13.

Weatherford (37-8): Another regional tourney team in 2017, the Kangaroos had won 18-straight games prior to a loss to end the season at San Angelo Central. One of the top serving teams this year with 253 aces.

Carroll (35-9): At least the third round in nine of the past 10 years, and a spot in the regional tourney four of the past six. But the Dragons get a tough draw with a bi-district date vs. 3-time defending state champ Hebron.

Grapevine (31-10): The Mustangs are riding high with eight-straight victories including back-to-back wins over rival Colleyville Heritage to end the season. They clinched a share of the district championship and won a tiebreaker match.

Keller (34-10): Most wins in the past decade. The Indians are trying to reach at least the quarterfinals for a third-straight season.

Aledo (26-15): The lone Fort Worth area team to reach the state tournament last year.

Burleson (30-9): District champs for the first time since 2013, which is also the last time the Elks won 30 or more games.

Martin (31-18): The Warriors also made the regional tournament last season for their best run since 2005.

Lake Ridge (35-11): The Eagles have reached the third round in five of their six seasons.

Mansfield (34-13): First 30-win campaign since 2012.

Players to Watch

Liz Carroll, Sr., Martin: The Northeastern commit has 1,002 assists this season and over 2,200 the past two years.

McKenzie Nichols, Sr., Carroll: TCU commit has a career-high 1,227 assists with 17 games of 30 or more this season.

Grace Koper, Sr., Colleyville Heritage: The UAB commit was named last year’s top setter by the Star-Telegram.

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Mansfield senior Molly Phillips

Symone Wesley, Sr., Grapevine: The Houston commit just surpassed 1,600 career kills. School’s all-time leader in kills and digs.

Carissa Barnes, Sr., Weatherford: A&M Corpus-Christi commit is second on the team in kills and digs, and first with 87 aces.

Molly Phillips, Sr., Mansfield: The 6-foot-5 Texas commit leads the Dallas-Fort Worth area with 735 kills.

Paige Flickinger, Jr., Byron Nelson: LSU commit leads No. 1 Bobcats with 472 kills and 536 digs.

Madison Williams, Jr., Lake Ridge: Texas commit has a career-high 417 kills to go with 437 digs.

Kate Lang, Jr., Keller: The Hawaii commit has recorded 1,077 assists and 308 digs.

Emily Rich, Soph., Burleson: Double-digit kills in 25 of 39 games this season, including 15 straight.

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