Volleyball in District 20-6A isn’t easy. Eight schools each field competitive volleyball programs, with only four advancing to the playoffs.
On Tuesday, the Travis Lady Tigers showed they were one of the teams fighting for those playoffs spots with a sweep of Elkins, 25-11, 25-17, 25-14.
“We played better than we did on Thursday,” Travis head coach Nicole Hitt said. “We’re going in the right direction.”
The Lady Tigers controlled the action in the opening set, but Travis had to work harder in set two to close it out.
The Lady Knights led 5-3 behind a kill from freshman Ope Aladetimi and a block setup by Aladetimi and senior Rhea Samuel.
Travis took a 6-5 lead after kills from senior Janae Greene and junior Grace Murphy. Junior Isabella Marino and senior Yarian Pagan scores kept the Lady Tigers in front at 9-7.
A block and kill on back-to-back plays by senior Denae Williams extended the Travis lead to 16-12.
After a timeout from the Lady Knights, Travis continued to find its flow on offense. Senior Taylor Grendening, Denae Williams and junior Ryan Williams scored a kill to put the Lady Tigers up 20-13.
A score from Elkins’ Aladetimi broke the run, but Travis answered back with kills from Ryan Williams and senior Helena Inman.
Elkins sophomore Leena Wilson and senior Ashley Arnold traded kills with Travis’ Denae Williams and Ryan Williams. Pagan put Travis up 2-0 with a kill to win set 2, 25-17.
In Set 3, Travis jumped out to a 4-1 lead behind Pagan, Ryan Williams, and Murphy kills.
Elkins closed the gap with a point from sophomore Brianna Maseno and a block from Wilson.
But Travis wouldn’t be stopped. The Lady Tigers doubled up Elkins in the third set with a kill from Marino, an ace from senior Briana McDonald and a kill from Pagan.
Another kill from Pagan had Travis up 14-8, and an extended rally ended with a kill from Ryan Williams.
The Lady Tigers had kills from Denae Williams, Marino, Inman, Greene and Glendening down the stretch.
“We’re very up and down,” Hitt said. “We’re working on some consistency and knowing when we can’t make errors — knowing as a hitter when we have to take care of the ball. When we have to make smart shots instead of swinging away.”
Travis (12-15, 3-3) leveled its mark in 20-6A with a game at Ridge Point on Friday, while Elkins (6-14, 1-5) will host Austin.