Dennis Knowlton | Herald
Lampasas’ Kara Gillis hits against the Gatesville Lady Hornets on Tuesday in Lampasas.
Lampasas outside hitter Kara Gillis earned KDHPressbox.com’s Player of the Week Award by slamming down 17 kills — and coming through with 22 digs — in the Lady Badgers upset win over Salado on Friday.
Three days prior, Gillis had a team-high nine kills in Lampasas’ competitive loss to Burnet.
“This is a tremendous honor for Kara,” said Lampasas head coach Kecia Davis. “She’s our captain and one of our go-to players. She loves the game and she works hard at it. She’s also a good server, good passer and good defensive player.”
Gillis is a 5-foot-8 senior.
“This is a big honor to me,” Gillis said. “Everybody kept telling me they’d be voting for me.”
Gillis received 688 votes and Killeen running back Keleen Yates was runner-up with 511. Shoemaker quarterback Derrick Thomas and Gatesville halfback Alex Thompson also were nominated.
“Salado had beaten us earlier in the season,” Gillis said. “So we worked our butts off in practice getting ready for them. We were all super-motivated to get that win.”
As for her 17 kills, Gillis said, “I recently attended a Volleyball Factory tryout and I was talking to a coach/scout and she told me to focus on keeping the ball in front of me and, against Salado, that’s what I was focusing on.”