High School Volleyball

Beating the rain and cold Tuesday night? Here are the top volleyball games to watch

Byron Nelson senior Kelli McKinnon (right)
Byron Nelson senior Kelli McKinnon (right)

The high school volleyball playoffs begin Oct. 29-30 with the bi-district round.

Area district races are coming down to the finish line and playoffs spots are still up for grab.

Here are some of the top area games on Tuesday, October 16:

1. Flower Mound (32-7, 10-1) at Coppell (36-9, 10-1)

The Jaguars are two wins shy of their most in six years while the Cowgirls are nearing another 40-win season this decade.

How about this stat...in 45 games this season, Coppell has gone five sets just once. Guess who...Flower Mound. It’s simple, Coppell can lock up the 1 seed on Tuesday with a win. Hebron sits at 8-3 while Marcus is 7-4.

First meeting: Coppell 25-22, 22-25, 28-30, 25-18, 15-12

Games left: Flower Mound vs Hebron, Lewisville; Coppell vs Marcus, MacArthur

Home vs Away: The Cowgirls are 9-1 at home while the Jaguars are 8-0 in true road matches.

Star watch: FM’s Abby Butler (Oklahoma) vs Coppell’s Pierce Woodall (Columbia)

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Coppell senior Pierce Woodall Joe Lorenzini Courtesy

2. Keller (33-8, 9-2) at Byron Nelson (37-1, 11-0)

A win by top-ranked Byron Nelson will secure the District 5-6A title. The Bobcats are 3-0 against the Indians this season, having won two matches in tournament play early on.

Byron Nelson remains atop the area rankings while Keller comes in at No. 4.

The Indians are 7-1 in true road matches this season and have won five-straight matches overall including over then state-ranked Southlake Carroll to begin the streak. The Bobcats are 9-0 at home.

Guyer is third at 8-3 while Carroll is fourth at 7-4.

First meeting: Byron Nelson 19-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-20

Games left: Keller vs Guyer, Carroll; Byron Nelson vs Timber Creek, Fossil Ridge

Star watch: Keller’s Kate Lang (Hawaii) vs BN’s Paige Flickinger (LSU)

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Byron Nelson 2020 hitter Paige Flickinger (left) and 2019 middle Kelli McKinnon. Brian Gosset bgosset@star-telegram.com

3. Prosper (29-8, 9-0) at Plano West (32-9, 6-3)

The Eagles, last year’s 5A state champs, are riding a 12-game winning streak while dropping only two sets in their past 11 matches.

One of those two came to Plano West, but Prosper still won in four. The Wolves had a nice bounce-back week by beating two of the area’s top teams in McKinney and McKinney Boyd.

Prosper is two wins ahead of McKinney and a win will clinch the district title in 9-6A. Plano West is a game back in the win column for second while a half game up on Plano for third.

First meeting: Prosper 16-25, 30-28, 25-21, 25-15

Games left: Prosper vs Allen, Plano; Plano West vs Plano East, Allen

Star watch: Prosper’s CiCi Hecht (A&M) vs PW’s Jill Pressly (DePaul)

Heath gave Prosper a scare but last year's 5A state champs took care of business behind A&M commit Ciera Hecht and UConn commit Madi Whitmire in a sweep on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

4. Sachse (36-5, 11-0) at Wylie (30-9, 10-1)

Both teams are quietly having their best seasons with their most wins in the past 12 years; Max Preps goes as far back as 2007. Sachse can lock up No. 1 in District 10-6A with a win.

A Wylie win will force a tie with two games left. Naaman Forest is 8-3 while Rowlett is 7-4.

Sachse, No. 10 in the state, has dropped just one set in district play. The Mustangs are allowing 12.8 points per set through 10-6A this season.

Wylie is the only district team to record two 20-point sets against the Mustangs.

First meeting: Sachse 25-21, 25-13, 25-21

Games left: Sachse vs North Garland, Naaman Forest; Wylie vs Rowlett, Garland

Home vs Away: Wylie is 8-0 at home while Sachse is 8-0 in true road matches.


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5. SGP (20-14, 6-5) at Lake Ridge (32-11, 7-4)

The Warriors are fourth and the Eagles are third in District 7-6A standings with three games left before the playoffs. It appears Mansfield has the second seed as the Tigers are two games up on Lake Ridge, but Cedar Hill is lurking in fifth at 5-6.

SGP won the first meeting 3-0 so another win over Lake Ridge would pay off tremendously. The Warriors are a game up on Cedar Hill, but the Longhorns swept the season series. An SGP loss and Cedar Hill win over Grand Prairie on Tuesday would put the Warriors in fifth with two games to go.

First meeting: SGP 27-25, 25-23, 27-23

Games left: Lake Ridge vs Cedar Hill, DeSoto; SGP vs Summit, Mansfield; Cedar Hill vs Lake Ridge, Waxahachie

Home vs Away: The Eagles are 9-1 this season at home while the Warriors are 5-4 in true road matches.

Star watch: SGP’s Azhani Tealer (Kentucky) vs. LR’s Madison Williams (Texas)

6. San Angelo Central (29-7, 8-1) at LD Bell (17-20, 5-5)

Bell’s last five-setter came in the first matchup with the Bobcats on Sept. 21, a match the Blue Raiders should’ve won. They took the first two sets before the Bobcats rallied at home.

SA Central has already clinched its ninth-straight playoff berth while Bell is looking for its first since 2014. The Blue Raiders are tied with Euless Trinity for the final spot in District 3-6A while Richland is a half game up at 5-4.

Bell won the first meeting with Trinity, but the two finish the regular season on Oct. 23.

The Bobcats can still get the No. 1 seed with a second matchup against Weatherford still to come.

First meeting: SA Central 24-26, 21-25, 25-14, 25-17, 15-13

Games left: SA Central vs Richland, Weatherford; LD Bell vs Trinity

OTHERS

Lamar at Paschal: Fourth, second in 4-6A; Paschal opens new gym

Aledo at WF Rider: First place battle in 4-5A

Cleburne at Corsicana: Three-way tie for third in 14-5A

Grapevine at Birdville: Second, third in 7-5A; Grapevine keeping pace with first

Northwest at The Colony: Second, third in 8-5A

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