RICHARDSON – Prosper continue to dominate the Texas volleyball scene in their 2017 campaign. They closed their non-district play on the road Tuesday, Sept. 5, defeating one of the better teams in the North Texas area, Richardson JJ Pearce.
The Lady Eagles defeated Pearce in three sets, marking the team’s 20th sweep of the season.
The match began with a very high scored first set between the two teams. Prosper jumped out to a quick 3-2 start as junior Ciera Hecht recorded her first kill of the match early in the set. Senior outside hitter Haley Killinger was equally as effective in the opening set, as she set the tone at the service line with an ace to extend the lead to 12-7 in favor of the Lady Eagles. Pearce rallied back into the match with a five-point run, forcing head coach Erin Kauffman to take a timeout. The set bounced back and forth between teams, but Pearce never saw the lead. it came down to the wire, but Prosper eventually took set one by a score of 25-22.
The rest of the game was a breeze for Prosper. They flew out to a 7-1 lead, and offensively were too much for the Lady Mustangs. Pearce fought back to a 16-9 score, but that was a close as it would come as Prosper took the second set in a quick 25-11 finish. They continued to dominate in the third and final set as the Lady Eagles closed the match at 25-14.
Killinger was effective all across the board in the contest. The senior recorded 2 blocks, 2 aces, 11 kills and 11 digs on the night. Hecht finished with 11 kills, and junior setter Madi Whitmire assisted 36 times with 7 digs during the match.
Though the strength of the Prosper offense seems to be their greatest asset, while defensively they appeared just as strong out of the back row. Defensive specialists Morgan Monroe and Kayla Martin anchored the Prosper defense, combining for 23 digs during the game.
Despite the dominating performance, Kauffman noted that the team still has some work to do looking ahead to Friday’s district opener against the Colony.
“After making a few too many errors in game one, we settled down in games two and three and played really well.” Kauffman said. “We did a good job behind the service line to keep them out of system most of the time.”
Prosper will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 8 for the first district match of the season. They will take on the Colony at 6:30 p.m. in the Prosper High School gym.