Playoff team in 2017
Returning 8 varsity players
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.