By MICHAEL S. ADAMS
H-P Sports Writer
Westwood senior Kaysie Ives had a challenge ahead of her to start the 2005 volleyball season after being put in a new position.
After a remarkable season, Ives’ volleyball career culminates with being named to the Class 3A Texas Sports Writers Association All-State Volleyball Team First Team.
“This is wonderful,” Westwood head coach Alicia Troxtell said. “Kaysie is a great player and it says a lot about her after taking over a new position.
“I am so proud of her.”
Ives leads a trio of three area players named to the All-State team, which includes Palestine’s Anjelica Deckard and Cayuga’s Jaimie Hill. The trio are the first volleyball players at their schools to be named to the All-State Team.
“It is real promising,” Troxtell said. “This shows the younger girls that they can compete with anyone in the state.”
The All-State honor is one of many for Ives this season. She has racked up 2005 District 21-3A Libero of the Year and 2005 Dogwood Circle Area Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Ives recorded 248 digs in a span of nine matches and recorded a season-high 48 digs in Westwood’s district game against Diboll Oct. 1. Ives recorded 20 or more digs in all but one of Westwood’s district games and averaged 8.02 digs per game, which was one less than the First Team Libero in Class 5A.
Cayuga’s Hill earned Honorable Mention Class 1A honors after leading the Ladycats to its third consecutive trip to the UIL State Volleyball Playoffs.
“This is a pleasant surprise for her and the school,” Cayuga head coach Carl Dunklin said. “She is very deserving of the honor because she is a hard worker, team leader and a great student.
“This honor is very nice for her and the Cayuga volleyball program.”
This marks the third postseason honor for Hill, who was named District 15-A Most Valuable Player and 2005 Dogwood Circle Area Most Valuable Player.
Hill finished the season averaging 4.28 kills per game, 4 digs per game and had a hitting percentage of .258.
In a span of four matches, Hill had a combined 40 kills, 52 digs, 10 service aces and 10 blocks.
Hill seemed to be the only Ladycat player who could do anything against Milano in Cayuga’s District 15-A bi-district playoff game. She recorded five blocks against Milano’s standout athlete Rebekah Melton and had for of Cayuga’s 10 total kills.
Palestine’s Deckard is the third player from the area to earn All-State honors after being named as an honorable mention in Class 3A.
Deckard was named District 21-3A Most Valuable Player and was a Dogwood Circle All-Area First Team selection in 2005.
The honor is one of many firsts for the Palestine volleyball program, which under the direction of first-year head coach Steffany Boldrey, earned its first state ranking, finished undefeated in district play and had two players (in Jessica Faggett and Kyla Pinkson) sign scholarships to play in college.
Deckard averaged 3.13 kills and 1.6 blocks per game and recorded a season high 14 blocks against Westwood Sept. 20 to go with 23 kills in the match. She had a hitting percentage of .363 and a total of 39 kills and 18 blocks in a span of four matches.
Hill, Deckard and Ives all led their respective teams to the playoffs this season. Westwood and Cayuga were district runners-up, while Palestine was the District 21-3A Champion.
By MICHAEL S. ADAMS