For most, the season is over.
After months of competition, the dream of winning a state championship concluded with disappointment for a majority of teams, but a number of programs remain in contention, including five area squads.
And the chase for a title begins today.
Copperas Cove, Ellison and Belton start the trek through the Class 6A bracket, while Gatesville and Salado open play in Class 4A.
The Lady Bulldawgs (32-11) enter the playoffs as District 12-6A’s second seed after punctuating the regular season with an 11-match winning streak, setting up a bi-district encounter with Mesquite Horn in a rematch from last year’s opening round.
The Lady Jaguars (18-19) will look to avenge the three-set loss tonight at Glen Rose High School. The first serve is set for 7:30 p.m.
Should Copperas Cove advance, it would play the winner between No. 5 Prosper and Garland Naaman Forest.
A run into the regional quarterfinals could result in showdown with district rival Belton if the Lady Tigers can survive their opening matches.
Prior to the Lady Bulldawgs’ contest, Belton will face Rockwall-Heath at Glen Rose High School, beginning at 6 p.m.
The Lady Tigers (20-20) are looking to return to the second round after losing their bi-district contest last season. With a victory, Belton would play the No. 17 Sachse-Allen winner in the area round.
Ellison travels to Cleburne High School for its playoff opener against District 11-6A champion Rockwall. It is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.
The Lady Eagles have reached the postseason in five consecutive years under head coach Sarah Stolley but have yet to win a match, including last year, when the Lady Yellowjackets swept Ellison out of the playoffs.
If the streak ends, the Lady Eagles will play either Abilene Wylie or Boyd next.
In Class 4A, Salado (23-18) owns a second seed after finishing second to only No. 7 Liberty Hill in District 27, placing the Lady Eagles against Canyon Lake in the opening round. The match will begin at 7 p.m. at Georgetown High School, with the winner advancing to play No. 8 Bellville or El Campo.
Gatesville (28-15) extended its streak of consecutive playoff appearances to 17 years by placing third in District 18, but the Hornets have not reached the second round since 2016. They will look to end the trend tonight against Hillsboro.
The match will be played at Waco University High School, beginning at 8 p.m. with No. 4 Carthage or Palestine set to face the winner.
The area round of the playoffs runs from Thursday through Saturday.
TODAY'S VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFF MATCHES
- 6 p.m. — Belton vs. Rockwall-Heath, at Glen Rose HS
- 6:30 p.m. — Ellison vs. Rockwall, at Cleburne HS
- 7 p.m. — Salado vs. Canyon Lake, at Georgetown HS
- 7:30 p.m. — Copperas Cove vs. Mesquite Horn, at Glen Rose HS
- 8 p.m. — Gatesville vs. Hillsboro, at Waco University HS