CORRECTION: A previous version of this article erred in listing the college Madi Whitmire committed to. She has committed to Connecticut.
The volleyball program at Prosper High School has always done well both on and off the court. On the court, the Lady Eagles are one of the best teams in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Off the court, the Eagles always seem to get verbal college commits from left and right.
From Ashley Brown, Abby Gargus, Sydney Riggs, Addie Miller and Ashtyn Richey in recent years to 2017 – where Prosper has three commits.
Chloe Hancock (Central Oklahoma) and Madi Whitmire (Connecticut) committed this summer – the first of the year went to Taryn Weber, who announced in February she was going to play at Oklahoma Baptist University.
“My main deciding factors were staying closer to home, a Christian university, the amazing nursing program and the feeling I got once I toured the campus,” Weber said. “I am very excited to be a Bison and be a part of their amazing program.”
“The environment at OBU was amazing and I was blown away by the many opportunities they offered through nursing and volleyball,” she added.
Weber, who plays outside hitter and defensive specialist, will be a senior when the season hits in a couple weeks.
She and the Lady Eagles will look to continue their success. They've been to the playoffs 13 of the past 16 years, with a trip to the third round each of the past four seasons.
“My team goal is for all of us to work together and work hard to achieve the high goals like make it to state,” Weber said. “It takes a whole team effort.”
Weber also has personal goals especially as a senior leader.
“My personal goal for this season is to be a great senior leader and help everyone have fun and not stress all the time,” she said. “We always play better relaxed and not tense.”
The 5-foot-8 hitter had a fun summer with her club team as well as visiting the Oklahoma Baptist University campus.
“I took many visits up to OBU this summer and went to camp earlier in July and the camp went great,” Weber said. “Just getting to play my hardest with my future teammates was eye opening on how much fun I will have in a year and excites me to play this coming school season.”
Weber also felt February was a good time to commit to college volleyball and it lifts a weight off her shoulders when time to play in high school.
“February was a good time to commit because it was a busy time in club for me and there were many opportunities for them to come see me play,” she said. “Now I can have fun and focus on getting better.”
During the 2016 season, Prosper won 40 games. This season, the Eagles open up against another Metroplex powerhouse Waxahachie on Aug. 7 per MaxPreps.