by JASON GORDON
Outside hitter Kaylea Beck earned first-team All-District honors this season for Hays.
She helped lead the Lady Rebels to the playoffs in the ultra-tough District 27-4A, where Hays lost to Boerne Champion.
Beck had 357 kills and 436 digs to lead the Lady Rebs this season.
“Beck definitely deserved first team,” Hays head coach Erica Walther said. “She led us in kills, passing average and digs. She’s a very versatile player. When we dealt with injuries she even stepped up and played setter.”
Hays sophomore setter Hannah Ramsey was named second team. She had a team high 883 assists this season.
“Hannah is a great athlete,” Walther said. “She played a very key role on our team. She’s still learning the position and the sky’s the limit for her.”
Hays junior outside hitter Kelsea Sadler and junior middle blocker Emily Clark were named honorable mention.
Sadler led Hays with 66 aces. She also had 202 kills and 272 digs this season.
“Kelsea was a great leader all season,” Walther said. “She really stepped into that role and a lot of players on the team looked up to her.”
Clark led Hays with 49 blocks. She also had 106 kills, 27 aces and 55 digs.
“Emily is a very strong blocker,” Walther said. “She also has a great attitude every day.”
Walther said she’s excited at the fact that each Hays player chosen All-District is a junior or sophomore.
The Rebels got off to a rough start in non-district play, but came on during the second half of 27-4A action to secure a playoff spot.
“I’m very proud of all of them,” Walther said. We look forward to having all of them back next year. We have the nucleus of a very strong team moving forward into next season and we definitely have a foundation we can build on.”