Copperas Cove's Leah Powell (6) receives a Crawford serve in a nondistrict matchup at Copperas Cove High School on Tuesday.

Copperas Cove can win its eighth consecutive match, clinch a playoff berth and potentially claim first place in the District 12-6A standings tonight, but it will not be easy.

The Lady Bulldawgs (28-11, 10-2) travel to Belton, where they fell in five sets on Sept. 13, but if everything goes according to Copperas Cove’s plan, this contest will be far more rewarding.

Trailing only Waco Midway (10-1) in the standings, the Lady Bulldawgs would eclipse the Pantherettes, who suffered their only district loss at Copperas Cove on Friday, with a win if Killeen (1-10) upsets Midway at home tonight.

A victory, however, would guarantee the Lady Bulldawgs a 14th consecutive postseason appearance.

Fourth-place Ellison (8-3) can also inch closer to a playoff berth as it hosts winless Waco (0-12).

The Lady Eagles have not played in a week after officials failed to arrive for Friday’s contest at Shoemaker, postponing the encounter until Nov. 1. Sitting three games behind Ellison, the Lady Grey Wolves are on a bye.

Harker Heights (3-8) is facing a must-win scenario for the remainder of the season, and five consecutive victories might not be enough reach the playoffs. The Lady Knights need to win every match left on their schedule and have Ellison lose out in order to have any opportunity of qualifying for the postseason.

Harker Heights travels to Temple (5-7).

All four matches are set to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Elsewhere, Gatesville opens the second half of District 18-4A play by hosting Lorena. The Lady Leopards are undefeated in district through five matches, including a 3-1 victory against the Hornets, who are third in the standings with a 3-2 record.

First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.

In District 27-4A, Lampasas travels to Salado for the second round’s first match at 6 p.m. The Lady Eagles (4-1) are in the midst of a three-match homestand after beating visiting Burnet 3-1 on Friday.

The Lady Badgers (1-4) are also coming into the contest off a win after sweeping Austin Eastside Memorial on Friday to capture their first district victory.

Additionally, Florence continues its trek through District 25-3A with a trip to Georgetown Gateway with the start set for 6 p.m.

Contact Clay Whittington at clayw@kdhnews.com

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