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Lake Travis volleyball climbed to 3-1 in District 15-5A Tuesday night with a 25-11, 25-15, 25-11 sweep of Akins.
“I thought they did a great job,” said Lake Travis coach Jennifer Kazmierski. “Our goal was to stay in our system and in our rhythm. I think at the beginning of each set it took us a couple of points, but the team did a really good job of taking care of that part of it.”
Lake Travis demonstrated remarkable patience in the first game. The Lady Cavs were content to lean on defense and wait for Akins to make a mistake. The strategy paid off, as the Lady Eagles committed a multitude of errors, including five double hits. Key to the strong defensive performance was the play of Amanda Wolken and Olivia Thorpe at the net, with the duo dishing out consistent blocks and tips.
“Our goal is to keep the ball going over to the other side,” said Kazmierski. “Then when we have opportunities, we terminate. That’s something we’ve been working on – putting smarter balls on the court when we’re not in position. We’ll let them get the ball back over and we can play it again.”
The Lady Cavs took some time to get into rhythm defensively in the second game, which allowed the offense to shine. Lake Travis went up 4-1 before Akins took advantage of some defensive mistakes and took the lead 4-5. Akins rally was short-lived, as the Wolken unleashed three consecutive aces and the Lady Cavs took the lead for good.
“Every opponent has their own speed,” said Melodi Ramirez. “We’re still a new team, we’re trying to adapt, to build our own rhythm and strength.”
In the final game, the Lady Cavs put it all together. The defense played solidly and the Lady Cav offense, particularly Marisa Ochoa and Ramirez, delivered some thunderous hits. Lake Travis never trailed in the game.
“I think that our offense was very strong, and our service and passing were really good,” Thorpe said. “The way we finished was important.”
Ochoa led the team in kills with eight. Defensively, Corey Cable had 11 assists and Hayley Mahlum had four digs. Wolken contributed two blocks and 6 aces.
Tuesday’s victory comes on the heels of a tough, four-game loss against district rival Westlake last weekend.
“We knew Westlake was going to be a good team and that we’d be going into their house. We were going to have to earn every point,” said Kazmierski. “We’re excited to get them back. The girls were definitely were fired up about the fight that we gave. You could ask anybody in the gym, either side, Westlake or Lake Travis, and they would have said that both sides battled and never gave up on a point – which I’m very proud of.”
Lake Travis hosts San Antonio Incarnate Word Friday at 6:30 p.m. in a nondistrict contest.

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