Last season, the 15-5A race went down to the final day of the regular season and it is shaping up to be that way once again.
Here is a look at the district playoff picture for Poteet, West Mesquite and the rest of the 15-5A contenders:
The Pirates are in the midst of a three-match stretch they need to take advantage of if they hope to return to the playoffs. Poteet survived a five-game scare on Friday to pull out a 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 15-25, 15-13 victory over Royse City and then took care of West Mesquite with a sweep on Tuesday.
Up next is North Forney on Friday before the Pirates face a tough closing stretch against Forney, Highland Park and Wylie East in a regular-season finale that could have a playoff berth on the line.
West Mesquite (0-10)
The Wranglers have endured some struggles in one of the tougher districts in the area and have been reduced to the role of spoiler. West Mesquite did show plenty of fight in its loss to Poteet on Tuesday and with five underclassmen, is trying to build momentum for next year.
The Leopards have a one-game lead in the battle for the 15-5A crown thanks to their 25-23, 22-25, 27-29, 25-19, 15-13 victory in a thriller over Highland Park in the first meeting.
The rest of the district slate has gone without a serious scare and the rematch against the Scots next Tuesday could decide the district champion.
Highland Park (9-1)
The Scots were one game away from being undefeated before Lovejoy rallied late to hand them their only district loss.
Highland Park has been tested, though. They dropped a game against Wylie East on Tuesday and was pushed to five games by Forney, prevailing in the final set, 16-14.
Still, they found a way in those matches to keep their 15-5A title hopes alive.
The Jackrabbits have come up short against the district leaders, but have taken care of business against the rest of the field. Forney did get a major scare against Poteet in the first meeting in a match that was stretched to give games. Those teams meet again next Tuesday and if the Pirates can come up on top, the Jackrabbits could fall in jeopardy of dropping back to the middle of the field.
Wylie East (5-5)
The Raiders have performed about the way that has been expected, and although they are tied in the standings, their 25-17, 25-22, 27-25 over Poteet in the first meeting gives them the current edge for the fourth and final playoff berth.
If the rest of the season plays out how many expect, they will travel to face the Pirates on the final day of the regular season to determine the final playoff spot.