After earning the top playoff seed and a share of the District 25-6A title, the Lake Travis volleyball team fared just as well at the annual postseason coaches’ meeting.
Junior outside hitter Jamison “Jams” Wheeler, an SMU pledge, shared most valuable player honors with versatile Hays setter / outside hitter Ryann Torres. Wheeler, a 6-foot-1 junior, led the Cavs with 449 kills while compiling a .392 kill% and added 347 digs and 68 total blocks. She helped Lake Travis go 38-15 and reach the third round of the playoffs.
Lake Travis picked a pair of other postseason awards. Brandace Boren earned coach-of-the-year honors after leading Lake Travis to its first district title as a Class 6A program, and senior libero Ginger Baldwin picked up the top defensive honor after leading the Cavs with 457 digs.
In addition to the postseason honorees, the district’s first team includes: …Lake Travis sophomore outside hitter Arden Besecker…Lake Travis junior middle blocker Brooke Jeffrey…Lake Travis senior setter Abi Watts…
The second team includes…Lake Travis’ Keely Hamilton…Lake Travis’ Campbell Cook,…Lake Travis’ Mackenzie Plante…
I couldn’t have asked for a better season,” Lake Travis coach Brandace Boren said. “I loved this group of girls. They fought so hard all season long, and we checked so many boxes and accomplished so many goals they set at the beginning of the year that I think it gives us momentum for next year.
Lake Travis had multiple players hit well, with Mackenzie Plante (10), Brooke Jeffrey (9), Campbell Cook (8) and Keely Hamilton (8) all finishing with at least eight kills. Setters Abi Watts and Kiana Reed combined for 54 assists, while Ginger Baldwin paced the defense with 22 digs.
Lake Travis was exceptionally balanced, with Arden Besecker and Mackenzie Plante joining Hamilton with seven kills, while Campbell Cook added five kills. Setters Abi Watts and Kiana Reed combined for 39 assists, Ginger Baldwin recorded 17 digs, and Besecker and Brooke Jeffery both had three of the team’s 10 blocks.
With its 25-17, 25-15, 25-13 road win over the Maroons, Lake Travis (36-13, 16-2 District 25-6A) secured a share of the district title with rival Westlake. Lake Travis swept the Chaps to earn the tiebreaker for the district’s top seed, and the Cavs will face Cibolo Steele in a bidistrict playoff matchup next week.
“I thought our chemistry on the court was really great, and we spread our offense around tonight,” Lake Travis coach Brandace Boren said. “I was really proud of our defense as well. Arden Besecker led us in digs, and Ginger Baldwin was great in the libero jersey.”
sophomore middle blocker Brooke Jeffrey had eight kills and three blocks, junior outsider hitter Jams Wheeler added 10 kills and senior defensive specialist Ginger Baldwin led the Cavaliers defense with 11 digs
Lake Travis junior middle blocker Campbell Cook led the team with five blocks, and sophomore Marina Crownover was the top distributor with 14 assists.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jamison Wheeler, junior, Lake Travis: Wheeler had an impressive week, recording 15 kills as the Cavaliers went to then-district leader Westlake and swept the Chaps and then adding 14 kills as Lake Travis held off playoff contender Bowie in five sets Friday night.
…Abi Watts had 11 assists to go along with eight kills from fellow senior Keely Hamilton to pace the Cavaliers to a 25-4, 25-5, 25-11 sweep of the Lehman Lobos.
Jams Wheeler led Lake Travis (20-10) with 23 kills…Senior setter Abi Watts was the leading Cavalier distributes with 34 assists, Arden Besecker finished with four aces and Eklund finished with six blocks for Lake Travis.
Lake Travis Cavaliers (Reached 2018 UIL 6A Bi-District)
Lake Travis earned 32 wins and a UIL 6A bi-district finish in 2018, and has the necessary returning talent to have a better year in 2019. The Cavaliers are expected to lean on senior setter Abi Watts, as well as college recruits Arden Besecker, Jamison Wheeler, Mykenna Eklund, Jorden Jaimes and Keely Hamilton. Besecker is a Florida State beach volleyball commit, Wheeler is a SMU volleyball commit, Eklund is an Oral Roberts volleyball commit, Jaimes is a SFA beach volleyball commit and Hamilton is a University of Tampa beach volleyball commit.
The Cavs built nine-point leads by the midway point in each of the final three sets as Arden Besecker, Jamison Wheeler and Mykenna Eklund combined for 21 kills off a clinically run offense by Reed and Abi Watts.
Besecker led all hitters with nine kills, while Wheeler knocked down seven shots and added four aces.
…That talent Boren referenced includes plenty of veterans such as junior outside hitter Jamie Wheeler and senior setter Abi Watts. That duo helped the Cavs win 32 games last season, which is the program’s highest total as a Class 6A team. Against Antonian, Wheeler had eight kills and three aces in two games, while Watts dished out 18 assists while sitting out the second game.
1. Vandegrift (32-15 overall in 2018, 14-2 in district):
2. Westlake (37-10, 17-1)
3. Dripping Springs (35-10, 14-0)
4. Lake Travis (32-14, 16-2): Coach Brandace Boren led Cavs to a school-high Class 6A win total last season and has an influx of talented underclassmen, which gives Lake Travis arguably its deepest team since winning back-to-back Class 4A titles almost a decade ago.
Lake Travis head coach Brandace Boren lined up area powers Rouse, Cedar Park and Dripping Springs to participate in a high-powered scrimmage Monday morning at the Lake Travis High School gym.
Kristen Kleymeyer of Lake Travis received the district’s most valuable hitter award after averaging three kills per set. The senior recently signed a letter of intent to play beach volleyball at Houston Baptist…The first team includes: …senior middle blocker Cassidy Ehrie, senior middle blocker Sasha Rudich, sophomore outside hitter Jamison Wheeler and senior outside hitter Madison Wheeler of Lake Travis
After back-to-back losses knocked the Lake Travis volleyball team out of first place in District 25-6A, the Cavs rebounded with a pair of wins last week that likely secured second place in the district race… In the win over Bowie last week, Madison Williams and Jamison Wheeler led an efficient attack with 12 kills apiece.
They were very, very low error and we were very, very high error,” said Lake Travis coach Brandace Boren. “I looked over at my players at one point and saw some faces I haven’t seen in awhile. But hopefully this will give us motivation going into Friday’s match (with Westlake).
Senior Kelsey Cohen continued her stellar play at the libero spot, with a team-high 13 digs. Against the Chaparrals, she had 26.
“My job is just to keep the ball off the floor,” Cohen said. “I have fun doing it because my favorite thing is to watch the hitters put it away and they can’t do that if the ball hits the ground.”
I see so much benefit for cross training with sand and indoor,” Lake Travis coach Brandace Boren said. “Development of skills, cardiovascular endurance, ball control, even the social aspect. Sand volleyball is a lifetime skill.
1. Lake Travis (22-11)
2. Westwood (24-12)
3. Westlake (24-9)
4. Vista Ridge (21-12)
5. Round Rock (27-7)
Lake Travis rolled through last week, taking down two 2017 district champions and stopping a five-year losing skid as the Cavaliers beat Westlake 25-17, 25-16, 16-25, 25-21 behind nine kills by Kristen Kleymeyer and then beat Bowie 25-15, 25-22, 25-22 as Jamison Wheeler slammed 10 kills.
Lake Travis, which has climbed to No. 15 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association 6A state polls, defeated Westlake for the first time in five seasons in district play.
middle blocker Brooke Jeffrey had eight kills and three blocks, junior outsider hitter Jams Wheeler added 10 kills and senior defensive specialist Ginger Baldwin led the Cavaliers defense with 11 digs
Abi Watts had 11 assists to go along with eight kills from fellow senior Keely Hamilton to pace the Cavaliers
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