SOUTHLAKE – Volleyball season is back in Prosper.
With summer dwindling down, and a new school year in the near future, the Lady Eagles were hard at work over the weekend preparing for the upcoming 2017 season. The team traveled to both Southlake and Coppell to participate in a series of pre-season scrimmages.
Rather than playing a traditional best-of-five match, the games were based on a running clock. No official score was kept, and there were only two referees monitoring the games.
On Friday, Aug. 4, Prosper played a total of three games at Southlake Carroll High School. The girls kick-started the day against Aledo at 9 a.m. Aledo was a feisty opponent, and oftentimes the score fluctuated, but powerful offense and great service by Prosper proved too much for the Lady Cats. Junior setter Madi Whitmire recorded several aces in the match, and senior outside hitter Haley Killinger was a powerful attacking force on the outside.
The Lady Eagles then turned their attention to Keller, who was a slightly better opponent than Aledo. The Lady Indians jumped out to a quick 4-0 start against Prosper that was finally broken by a missed serve. Using the error as a catalyst, Prosper quickly responded with a 5-0 run of their own to steal back the lead. Offensively, the Lady Eagles were tough to beat. Several different hitters scored crucial points in the match to give Prosper an advantage. Again, Whitmire played an important role in the team’s victory, as she was responsible for several of the team’s points, including some sneaky second-ball tips over the net.
In third and final match of the day, Prosper closed the tournament against a strong Frisco Reedy team. Although they Lady Eagles fought hard, head coach Erin Kauffman said her girls just couldn’t find the win.
“Against Reedy, our serve-receive broke down, which didn’t allow us to run a complete offense,” Kauffman said in an email. “Because we were only setting our outlets, Reedy had a big double block against (us).”
On Saturday, Aug. 5, the girls looked to bounce back from loss as they traveled to Coppell High for another series of matches. The team split against Coppell, and defeated both Highland Park and Allen. Kauffman said the team look much better on Saturday due to players becoming more comfortable on the court.
“Our ball control looked MUCH improved on Saturday, and our defense was relentless,” she said in her email. “Our freshman, Sami Jacobs, started to settle down and looked a lot more comfortable on the court, and (Whitmire) started to connect with our Middle Blockers better.”
With practices now in full swing and a few games under their belt, Kauffman and the Lady Eagles will continue to prepare for their next matches, which will take place on Monday, Aug. 7 against Waxahachie at 4:15 and Frisco Wakeland at 5:30. Matches will be held at Frisco Wakeland High School.