Travis has had its ups-and-downs in non-district play, going 13-11 with impressive wins over teams like Foster, Needville, and Cypress Springs. The Lady Tigers also picked up wins over district opponents Austin in the Katy/Cy-Fair tournament and Kempner in the Battle of the Brazos tournament play.
“We got a lot of young players and some injuries, so we’re trying to get everyone back healthy,” head coach Nicole Hitt said.
“We’ve been up-and-down with some really good games and some not-so-great games. So we’re trying to get consistent. We had a really good win on Tuesday (vs. Alief Hastings) and we’re feeling confident going into district play.”
Travis has a lot of youth on its squad this year, with sophomore middle blocker Taylor Glendening and freshman outside hitter Ryan Williams both playing well so far this season.
But the Lady Tigers have relied on junior outside hitter Karina Garoni and junior libero Bella De Leon to be the glue for this team. Garoni leads the team with 110 kills (2.1 kills per set) and has 193 digs (3.7 per set), while De Leon has 99 digs (3.8 per set).
Once again, Ridge Point will be the team to beat for the district title. The Lady Panthers are 26-4 this season and are ranked No. 12 in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association 6A poll.
“We know Ridge Point is going to be strong, but we like to be challenged at that level,” Hitt said. “We played Seven Lakes pretty well, so we play up to the teams that we’re playing and hope we can have a shot at them.”
After that, the rest of 20-6A is almost a crapshoot. A handful of teams are almost in the same boat as Travis with a handful of talented players, but are mostly young and inexperienced.
Dulles is 13-8 while relying primarily on a freshman, outside hitter Kylie Mueller. Kempner is 17-14 with a mostly senior roster, but junior outside hitter Tatiana Evans leads the Lady Cougars in kills.
Austin has also been on a roller coaster with a 7-8 record, while Clements (7-11) and Bush (0-16) have struggled so far this season.
Hitt and the Lady Tigers will open district play Friday against an Elkins team that is 14-11 and also trying to find consistency. The Lady Knights were on a five-match losing streak until a week ago, getting wins over Aldine Davis and Morton Ranch.
“I haven’t seen Elkins, but I know they’ve had some success in tournaments (this year) and are doing better this year,” Hitt said. “We have to get better in a system. We’ve been good in a system, but we need to put a ball down and not rely on the same ones.”