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DISTRICT 12-5A VOLLEYBALL: Horn notches pivotal win over Skeeters
The 12-5A volleyball picture is the definition of a two-tier race.
At the top, Rockwall-Heath, Rockwall and Tyler Lee have run away from the pack and secured playoff spots, with the only drama left revolving around who gets what seed.
That leaves one postseason berth to be decided between four teams and they all have a shot with a week-and-a-half left in the regular season.
Horn put itself in the driver’s seat for now with a huge 25, 20, 25-14, 25-9 victory over Mesquite on Friday.
That allowed the Jaguars to improve to 3-6 in district play, giving them a one-game lead over the Skeeters.
North Mesquite, which was swept by Rockwall, is in sixth place at 2-8, with Longview sitting in last place at 1-8.
While that might seem clear-cut, there are enough tiebreaker scenarios that could occur during the final three matches that it would make coaches’ heads spin.
While the Jaguars do have the edge, they also have the most difficult schedule down the stretch, starting with Tuesday’s match against undefeated Rockwall-Heath, which will wrap up sole possession of the district title with one more win.
The pivotal game for Horn is on Friday when it hosts Longview. The Lobos, despite their poor record, could make a charge as all three of their remaining games are against the Mesquite ISD teams they are fighting with for that final spot, starting with Tuesday’s match against North Mesquite.
The Stallions are hoping to repeat its earlier win over Longview before their showdown on Friday with Mesquite in a match that could see the loser being eliminated from postseason contention.
x-Rockwall-Heath 10-0 29-7
x-Rockwall 8-2 16-9
x-Tyler Lee 7-2 28-10
Horn 3-6 16-23
Mesquite 2-7 8-21
North Mesquite 2-8 8-23
Longview 1-8 8-13
x-clinched playoff berth
Horn def. Mesquite 25-20, 25-14, 25-9
Rockwall def. North Mesquite 25-11, 25-21, 25-16
Rockwall-Heath def. Longview 25-13, 25-9, 25-14
Tyler Lee, bye
Rockwall-Heath at Horn
Tyler Lee at Mesquite
North Mesquite at Longview
Mesquite at North Mesquite
Longview at Horn
Tyler Lee at Rockwall
Tyler Lee at Horn
Mesquite at Longview
Rockwall vs. Rockwall-Heath
North Mesquite, bye