PROSPER – The Prosper Lady Eagles tacked on two more wins last week to their already winning record with wins against Keller High School and McKinney Boyd High School last week. Head coach Erin Kauffman and the team retired early on both nights, as the two games ended in three sets. The Lady Eagles are now 24-5 on the season, and ranked 6th overall in the state. ‘
In their second home game of the season, the Lady Eagles swept the Keller Lady Indians in Tuesday’s contest. Keller opened the match with a 4-0 run off of Prosper errors to take a slight lead, but senior Hope Gramly’s height at the net allowed her to stuff a hit ball back to Keller for the first Prosper point of the game. The Lady Eagles were a little slower on their attack in the first set as several Prosper players seemed to be playing a bit timid at the net. Rather than their usual aggressive kills, the team sent over a series of roll-shots and tips, and the Lady Indians took advantage. Despite their winning ways, Kauffman said her team is still adjusting to playing with one another.
“Being the ultimate team sport, the girls have got to figure out how to pick one person back up,” Kauffman said. “Volleyball is truly a game of momentum so we need to grad the momentum first, which we haven’t been doing in set 1.”
They pushed the lead out to four before Prosper reacted with some tough serving to get back in the game. As the set continued, the Lady Eagles battled back to take the lead, led by senior Haley Killinger and junior Ciera Hecht on the outside. In a long first set, it was Prosper who came out on top. In the following two sets, Prosper came alive in their attack. They forced Keller to play much more defensive, which in turned caused the Lady Eagles to commit some costly errors. Prosper’s blocking was also on point, denying Keller any real opportunity to score big kills. Defensively, the Lady Eagles leaned on the versatility of defensive specialist Morgan Monroe. The junior was very active in making key saves in the back while also playing the role of a second setter from the left-back position.
“Mo has great hands… and she’s in left back, so this works perfectly for us,” Kauffman said about Monroe. “She has always been athletic and agile but now she’s refined her skills and has really stepped up for us from a defensive and setting role.”
Keller tried to force a fourth set with an attacking surge at the end, but Prosper’s attack was too powerful, and Killinger put the game away with one of her signature cross-court kills. Gramly led the way at the net with 4 aces, 4 blocks and 5 kills, along with Hecht and Killinger who combined for 24 kills, and setter Madi Whitmire posted 36 assists and 10 digs in the win.