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.
For a few moments in Tuesday’s District 25-6A showdown between Westlake and Lake Travis, it seemed the Chap jinx over their Hill Country rivals would extend another match.
But Cassidy Ehrie and her Cavalier teammates blocked out such juju. Literally.
While the Chaps were improving to 5-0 in district so too are the Cavaliers who defeated a strong Hays squad 25-16, 25-21, 25-21 as Kristen Kleymeyer slammed 10 kills with 12 digs for the victorious Cavaliers.
Lehman scored the first point of the match, but Lake Travis answered with seven of the next eight. The Lobos added two more to make it 7-4, but couldn’t handle emerging Cavalier duo Jamison Wheeler and Cassidy Ehrie. Their kills and points in the ensuing minutes changed the trajectory of the match.
For nearly the entire first set, Austin High matched its new district rival Lake Travis point for point Tuesday at Lake Travis High School.
The Cavaliers’ depth and talent eventually won out in a straight-set victory, 25-21, 25-14, 25-11, but they had to make some quick adjustments to turn the match in their favor.
…After watching her team dominate in a 25-9, 25-16, 25-7 sweep, Boren will have to try hard to find any mistakes.
…Senior Kristen Kleymeyer paced the Lake Travis offense by knocking down seven shots, while Jamison Wheeler and Keely Hamilton added six kills apiece.
…Abi Watts and Carsyn Hempel combined to assist on 25 of the Cavs’ 39 kills.
…Cassidy Ehrie and Sasha Rudich both finished with four kills for Lake Travis, while Ellie Goodman’s four successful attacks paced Anderson.
Westlake (9-4) and Lake Travis (10-6) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the gold bracket. The Chaps’ Jada Birkel and Kristen Kleymeyer of Lake Travis each earned all-tournament honors.
Brandace Boren’s Lake Travis Lady Cavaliers brought their hard hats and lunch pails (old school phrase) to the court on Friday.
After a two-set victory over San Antonio Reagan (a team that was ranked No. 1 nationally last season), the Lady Cavs played an “instant classic” toe-to-toe battle with Courtney Patton’s Smithson Valley’s Rangers.
SVHS scrapped its way to a 25-22 win in the first set. After LT took a 6-4 lead in Set 2, Patton’s crew charged back with a 6-0 run to take the lead back at 16-11. Boren called a timeout whatever she said must have worked.
The Lady Cavs quickly tied the set at 16-all, eventually scored a 20-17 lead before eventually capping the set off on a 14-2 run to win 25-18 and force a deciding third set. That one went back-and-forth before LT ran off four straight points to lead 24-19. Still, SV battled hard and made it 24-22 before the Lady Cavs scored a kill for the final point and a berth in Saturday’s tournament quarterfinals.
6. Lake Travis: The Cavs were one-and-done in last year’s playoffs, but all-district upperclassmen Kristen Kleymeyer, Cassidy Ehrie and Keely Hamilton plan to take their team even further in 2018.
Lake Travis, my “sleeper” pick to possibly win the tournament, almost didn’t make it out of the first round.
The Lady Cavaliers were swept in their opening match against Clear Brook (25-16, 25-13).
“We knew we were in a tough bracket,” LT fourth-year coach Brandace Boren stated. “Clear Brook was motivated for our first match. They came out and blocked us well, and ball-handled us off the court. But fortunately, we regrouped and handled our business against St. John’s and [state-ranked] George Ranch. That win over George Ranch was big. The girls showed great chemistry on and off the court, and we played very well.”
The Lady Cavs made 13 blocks on George Ranch, hit .281, and had a 2.4 passing efficiency.
Final 2018 Season record: 31 Wins 14 Losses. District: 16 Wins 3 Losses !!!
Congratulations Kristen Kleymeyer on her commitment to Houston Baptist University to play Beach Volleyball! We’re so proud of you!
Congratulations JV for placing 1st, Freshman Black for placing 2nd in Gold Bracket and Freshman Red for winning Silver Bracket in Dripping Springs Tigerfest Tournament
Congratulations to Kristen Kleymeyer for being selected to the All-Tournament team at Frauelein Fest!
2018 Frauelein Fest Schedule
#2 Interview with Coach Boren by Chuck Licata of K-Mac sports
Day 2 #HSVB Practice ..@ltvolleyball Head Coach @CoachBBoren excited about her entire team and the upcoming season (Part 1)
Day 2 #HSVB Practice ..@ltvolleyball Head Coach @CoachBBoren excited about her entire team and the upcoming season (Part 2)
Day 2 #HSVB Practice ..@ltvolleyball senior #Kristenkleymeyer talks about leadership and the upcoming season (Part 1)