By Kyle Gregory
Lake Travis continued to roll through District 15-5A with a 25-5, 25-12, 25-7 rout of Del Valle Oct. 2.
The Lady Cavs (16-17, 6-1) overwhelmed the Cardinals with nearly flawless play in all facets of the game.
“I think we’re doing the right thing,” Lake Travis coach Jennifer Kazmierski said. “Our goal was to get continually get better every match we play so that when we get to district we’re peaking at the right time. I feel like we’re doing that. I feel like the work that we’re putting in now is the work that we need to. We don’t have to focus so much on technique and can instead focus on game situations and game planning and how we’re going to win.”
The Lady Cavs came out hot in the first game, racking up an 8-1 lead and never looking back. The Lake Travis service game was particularly dominant, as three separate Lady Cavs scored aces. Senior Claire McCown led the charge, running off a string of four in a row and ultimately finishing the game with five.
“I feel like our serves were really aggressive,” Danielle DeWitt said. “Sometimes we let up on that, so I was proud of us.”
The second game started slightly more slowly. Del Valle hung tough with the Lady Cavs for the first few points, getting as close as 4-3, but the Cardinals were undone by a run of errors, and Lake Travis sailed to another comfortable victory. The Lady Cavs solid service didn’t abate, as this time four different players recorded aces.
“We had a good pace; we didn’t slow down,” Audrey Scrafford said. “We just did what we do in practice.”
Lake Travis’ commitment to playing at a high level was evident in final match. Despite Kazmierski rotating in several unusual lineups, the Lady Cavs didn’t miss a beat, going on runs of seven and 10 unanswered points. Once again, three Lake Travis servers dished out at least one ace.
“We’ve got a lot of kids that can play a lot of different positions,” Kazmierski said. “It’s fun to be able to reward those kids, because they all work so hard.”
Even after a performance like this, Kazmierski saw room for improvement.
“We had some specific things that we wanted to do. We did a really good job of serving and serve receive. I wanted to see a little more communication, and I didn’t see that come into place, but I thought that every kid that went out there did a really good job of getting their job done,” Kazmierski said.
Scrafford led the team in two categories, recording six kills and one block. McCown racked up eight aces and four kills. Corey Cable contributed six assists and three aces, while defensively, Sydney Lineberry, Hayley Mahlum, and Kaitland Currier each had two digs. Currier led the team with 10 assists. Amanda Wolken had four aces.
With only five district games remaining, one in particular looms large in the minds of the Lady Cavaliers.
“I think we’ve done pretty well in district. The only team we’ve lost to so far is Westlake. I love Westlake; those girls are awesome. We’re going to have a fun match with them on Oct. 9,” Scrafford said.