All-Texomaland Volleyball 2012 — Labhart shines for Whitesboro

WHITESBORO — Katelyn Labhart was more than ready for the offensive responsibility she would be given for her senior season.

It was going to be much more of a burden compared to the previous year.

“There was a jump from junior to senior year,” she said. “You learn the game, every day a little more. I had to increase my shots all the way around. I improved even that much more.”

Labhart totaled 450 kills, 412 digs, 101 aces, 43, blocks, 23 assists and contributed 579 points from the service line in leading Whitesboro to a third-place district finish and a 17-18 record after a loss to Sunnyvale in the bi-district round.

“A character-building year. There were injuries at two key positions,” Labhart said. “There was a culmination leadership-wise.”

Following her standout career she will walk-on at Texas A&M, where here brother Travis is on the football team. She had Division I interest from Auburn, Cincinnati, North Texas and Appalachian State.

Being named the Herald Democrat All-Texomaland Volleyball Player of the Year is the latest honor for Labhart’s 2012 season.

She was the District 11-2A Most Valuable Player and chosen as both an all-state and all-star selection by the Texas Girls Coaches Association. Labhart was also an all-state selection as a junior in Class 3A.

And it came from long sessions in the gym that paid off.

“First ball contact is the most important,” Labhart said. “This year, my serve-receive really improved. It was dedication.”