Senior Haley Killinger has enjoyed much success during her time in Prosper.
She leads the volleyball team in kills, won numerous accolades from the district and is a two-time all-state selection.
Killinger is committed to play college volleyball at Texas Tech, but in the spring she surprised many when she went to state in track and field.
It wasn’t her best meet — she finished eighth in the triple jump — but the experience was very humbling.
“I would say state was exciting, nerve wracking and exhilarating,” Killinger said. “As this was my first full year of high school track, it was humbling to be able to go to Austin and compete with the best in the state. I didn’t finish like I had hoped, but I had a great experience. It’s not every day you get to go to state, so this is an experience I’ll remember forever.”
Not bad for her first year — she’s the district champion and finished second in both the area and regional meet.
And she was the only one from Prosper to go to state.
“I would have loved for my teammates to be there with me this year,” Killinger said. “I was sad no one else could go to Austin, but it was an honor to be the lone athlete representing Prosper.”
Killinger had a pretty good and eventful summer, too.
She and her club team Arsenal had a great season — which included winning the American National Championships in April. She played with a pair of teammates in Abby Gargus and Macy Walterscheid.
She just came back from a three-day volleyball camp in Lubbock.
“It was my last one as a commit before I’m there for good,” Killinger said. “Overall my summer has been laid back and pretty fun. I can’t wait to get out on the court in a few weeks and back into school for one last year.”
Killinger and the Lady Eagles should be considered a district and playoff contender again this fall and Killinger is in the discussion as an MVP and all state favorite.
She said doing track and field has helped her game on the court.
“Although a different challenge than volleyball, track helped my all-around game and athleticism on the court,” Killinger said. “Triple jump helps with my explosiveness while running events both helped with endurance and quickness.”
Killinger’s mental game became stronger too.
“Track is definitely much more challenging mentally at times than volleyball due to the fact that in some events it’s only up to you to decide your fate,” she said. “Although you have your track team cheering you on, essentially it’s just you against the other opponents. In order to succeed, you have to tell yourself you can do it, and need that mentality to get out of ruts by yourself. Applying this to volleyball prepares me for obstacles I face individually when given the ball in pressure situations.”
Killinger led Prosper last fall with 550 kills, 434 digs and 41 aces. She was voted 14-5A Offensive Player of the Year.
She was also recognized as an all-state member by the Texas Sports Writers Association, Texas Girls Coaches Association and the Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches.