By Rodney Hays
Last Friday, the Lady Eagles dropped their first district game of the season in a 3-1 decision to Frisco. The loss moves the Lady Eagles to 4-1 in district and into a three-way tie for first place with Frisco and Frisco Centennial.
Head coach Erin McClanahan said her team was really upset after the first district loss.
"While I don’t want this loss to affect them other than recognizing that we need to get back in the gym and work on our weaknesses, it was eye opening to see just how much they hate to lose," McClanahan said. "At the beginning of the year, we were content with dropping matches, as this had become habit in the past."
The coach said she didn’t have to say a word after the team’s first district loss (and the team’s first loss since the end of August). "Without me saying a word, I could tell just how mad they were. They forgot what it felt like to lose, and as a coach, I like that."
McClanahan said the team was off all night and didn’t play with "consistency and our usual strengths like serving and serve receive. "[The play] was not at the level we have played at in recent weeks.
"To further the difficulties, Frisco was spot-on all night," McClanahan said. "A lot of credit goes to them; they came out prepared and very well coached."
The loss did not come without a bright side.
"I thought that Meredith Bramer, again, played at a very high level, totaling 19 kills and 23 digs," she said. "Brittany Wright also came in in the fourth game and played incredible, helping spark a comeback. It’s never easy to sit on the bench the majority of the game, get cold, and then step in and play to one’s best abilities. Brittany did just that and I was very proud of her."
Prosper has played Frisco and Frisco Centennial one time and still has one time to go. The team still has two opponents ( Frisco Heritage and The Colony) left in the first round through the district schedule. But McClanahan said the team still has to be prepared.
"I don’t think the toughest part is over with just yet," she said. "I think that Frisco Heritage is a very good team that we have to come out prepared for."
And now the fight is on to stay at the top of the district race.
"It’s a dog fight at the top. Frisco lost to Centennial in 4, Centennial lost to us in 4, and we lost to Frisco in 4. It really is a matter of who prepares and executes the game plan the best on each night we face off."
But McClanahan said that being in a three-way tie feels "pretty awesome." "It’s probably not a place that most thought we would be at, if asked at the beginning of the season. I have known from Day 1 what this team is capable of, we just have to bring it every night."
The Lady Eagles will host Frisco Heritage on Friday at 5:30. The Friday match is Teacher Appreciation Night. The football game is on Thursday this week, so McClanahan and the Lady Eagles are expecting a big crowd for Friday night’s match.
Prosper (22-7, 4-0) swept Frisco Wakeland 25-20, 25-12, 25-11
Meredith Bramer: 14 kills, 12 digs
Kaylee Cole: 10 digs
Abby Jameson: 7 kills
Sydney Riggs: 7 kills
Ashley Brown: 31 assists, 2 aces