How big are several of tonight's high school volleyball matches? The short answer — huge.
In District 5-5A, all three Denton schools are vying for a playoff spot. The only one of them that is sitting pretty right now are the Ryan Lady Raiders, whose only concern is beating Braswell to potentially force a seeding match later this week against Wichita Falls Rider.
Ryan and Rider come into the night tied for the district lead.
But if Braswell beats Ryan and Sherman beats Denton, Sherman is in third and Braswell finishes fourth. If Braswell and Denton win, both are in a three-team tie with Sherman for third place. A mini tournament would determine third and fourth place, with one team being eliminated.
If Braswell loses and Sherman beats Denton, there's a three-team tie between Braswell, Denton and Denison for fourth and only one moves on after a mini tournament. If Braswell and Sherman both lose, Braswell is eliminated and both Sherman and Denton would be tied for third place.
Clear as mud?
Here are a few more. In District 6-6A, Guyer simply needs a win tonight against Plano East to make the playoffs. If the Lady Wildcats do not win, they would be eliminated since they lose every potential tiebreaker scenario with the teams ahead of them.
In District 9-4A, a Krum win tonight against Sanger gives Krum its first district title in school history. A loss and an Argyle win over Decatur creates a first-place tie between Krum and Argyle. Sanger and Decatur would be tied, though Sanger has lost to Decatur twice.
But wait, there's more. If Krum wins and Argyle loses, Argyle would be in a tie with Decatur for second place and Sanger would finish fourth. If Krum and Argyle both lose, Argyle and Decatur are still tied and Sanger is still fourth.
Clearly this isn't an exhaustive list of all the Denton-area matches with playoff implications, but it does prove there's a lot on the line.
STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.