FRISCO WAKELAND VOLLEYBALL

Though there are very different records from the top of the standings to the bottom, 9-5A has truly been a district where any team is capable of winning on a given night.

It held true at the start of the season and remains so as matches become more and more important as they reach the final week of the regular season.

Entering Friday, there was still plenty of intrigue surrounding the 9-5A playoff race.

The one certainty was at the top, where Reedy had previously secured the district championship and top seed in the playoffs.

Behind the Lions, Wakeland and Heritage came into Friday tied for second place with 11-5 marks, while there was a four-team logjam in fourth place with Lone Star, Independence, Memorial and Liberty at 9-7.

Friday night could serve as a microcosm of the season, with Reedy taking care of business and the rest of the results causing a shakeup in the standings.

The Lions improved to 16-1 in district with a 25-9 25-15, 25-22 sweep of Lebanon Trail.

The Coyotes and Warriors met in a battle of playoff contenders and it was Memorial who picked up a huge victory, improving to 10-7 with a 25-19, 25-23, 25-20 sweep.

Heritage falls to 11-6 with the setback and now finds itself in third place, one game behind Wakeland (12-5) after the Wolverines earned a 25-14, 25-18, 27-25 victory against Frisco.

What once was a four-way tie for fourth is now a two-team deadlock, as Independence picked up a huge victory, joining Memorial at 10-7 after a 25-20, 25-18, 16-25, 29-27 win over Lone Star, who falls a game off the pace at 9-8.

The Rangers are now in a tie for sixth place along with Liberty (9-8), who was surprised by Centennial (4-13) as the Titans picked up a 25-23 25-19, 25-21 victory.

That sets the stage for the final day of the district season on Tuesday.

Lone Star hosts Liberty, with the loser of that match falling from contention.

Wakeland goes across town to take on Independence in a huge match, while Memorial is at Lebanon Trail and Heritage is at Frisco.

The Wolverines are in regardless of what happens and will sew up the second seed with a victory.

A Wakeland loss, however, and a Coyote win, would create tie for second, and as the teams split the regular season series, it would come down to an additional match, or a coin flip to determine seeding.

A Heritage win secures its spot, as does a Memorial loss. But a loss to Independence, and a Memorial victory against Lebanon Trail would create a three-way tie for third place and additional tiebreakers would be needed.

Things would be further complicated if Independence and Memorial both lose, as that would create a three-way tie for fourth place with the winner of the Liberty-Lone Star match.

It is a complicated situation with several moving parts, but it should not come as any surprise given the way the 9-5A season has gone since opening day.

For continued coverage on the local sports scene, follow Devin Hasson on Twitter: @DevinHasson

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