CARROLLTON – It was the same story, different location for the Lady Eagles volleyball team of Prosper High School as the team defeated Carrollton Creekview in three sets.
Creekview hasn’t had the most promising of seasons. The Lady Mustangs have recorded just one win this season, entering the match with a 1-30 record overall. On the other hand, 22 of Prosper’s 27 wins have been sweeps, and they added another against the Lady Mustangs on Friday, Sept. 15.
Prosper hopped out to a huge lead in set one, with 14 unanswered points by the Lady Eagles. Creekview earned a point to try and stop the bleeding, but Prosper was too powerful at the net to provide any relief for the Lady Mustangs. Senior Taryn Weber earned a series of aces late in the set, and paired with strong blocking by fellow senior Hope Gramly, the Lady Eagles easily took set one 25-3.
For the second consecutive game, head coach Erin Kauffman changed up the lineup going into the second set. Freshman Samantha Jacobs and junior Ryann Cobb both entered the match and made a big impact. Cobb recorded two blocks in the second set victory.
“[Cobb] does a good job of bringing voice to the match,” Kauffman said about the junior. “She’s a very good leader.”
Again, the Lady Eagles pushed out to a 9-1 start and never lost the lead. Creekview’s second-set attempt was much stronger than the first, but similar to Newman Smith, poor defense allowed Prosper’s offense to run away with the set. Junior Ciera Hecht was again very active across the court, and Jacobs continued her strong attack at the net to lead the team to a 25-9 finish.
Creekview tried to rally back, keeping Prosper on their toes in the final set, but it wasn’t enough to gain any steam against a strong Lady Eagle squad. With some of the starters back on the court, senior Haley Killinger and junior setter Madi Whitmire took control of the match. Prosper forced a Creekview timeout at 18-9, and while the Lady Mustangs did regroup a little bit after the pause, the final points were all Prosper, as they finished the last set 25-15.
Offensively, Prosper’s ability to serve aggressively has been one of the goals that Kauffman has emphasized all season, and the Lady Eagles delivered in the contest. Junior Kayla Martin recorded four alone, and several other players helped Prosper to dominate at the service line.
Attacking at the net has also been the main catalyst for their success this season, as Gramly continues to be unstoppable out of the middle, recording nine kills and five blocks against Creekview. Whitmire’s versatility on the court allowed her 31 assists, 2 blocks and 11 digs. Offenside aside, Kauffman praised the defensive specialists in the match, saying their ability to play at a high level keeps the team anchored. Senior Macy Walterscheid dominated the back line, recording 14 digs in the sweep.
With the win, the Lady Eagles remain in first place in District 14-5A, and with an overall record of 27-5, remain one of the top teams in the state of Texas. They will look to continue their winning streak into next week, as they take on RL Turner in another District 14-5A on Tuesday September 19th at 6:30 p.m.