CARROLLTON — The Lady Eagles recorded their 23rd sweep of the year as they defeated Carrollton RL Turner in three sets on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Prosper remains number one in District 14-5A and is undefeated in district play. The Lady Lions (12-16) have not won a district match this season, and looked to get their first against Prosper in the matchup.
Head coach Erin Kauffman started her usual lineup up on the court in the opening set, which included setter Madi Whitmire, defensive specialist Kayla Martin, middle blocker Hope Gramly, right-side hitter Taryn Weber and outside hitter Haley Killinger. Weber earned the first kill of the night followed by a Gramly block to give Prosper the early 3-1 lead. As the set continued, the Lady Eagles remained ahead as senior Macy Walterscheid entered the match to provide some depth to the back line. The offense continued to roll as Whitmire recorded an ace to start an offensive run, forcing Turner to take a timeout. The timeout didn’t help, however as the Lady Eagles eventually took the first set 25-13.
Junior Morgan Monroe entered the match in the second set to add more of a defensive presence to the Prosper backline. Senior Spencer Smith also made her game debut in the second, replacing Whitmire as the setter. Prosper help the Lady Lions to just three points after going up 15-3, as freshman Samantha Jacobs and junior Ryann Cobb came off the bench to contribute points. Junior Kylie Mote also came in and as usual provided a stable presence in the back and at the service line. Her ace led to a series of points, and when Whitmire checked back into the match, her service run made the game almost impossible for Turner to recover. Senior Haley Killinger put away the set with a kill to give Prosper a 25-6 win and a 2-0 lead heading into the third set.
Kauffman changed the lineup even more in the third and final set, as juniors Audrey Poupard and Jordan Jones saw their first minutes of the match. The Lady Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead after a kill on the outside by Killinger. Junior Ciera Hecht was another integral part of the Prosper lineup at the net, but she was also very effective out of the back as she recorded 11 digs in the match. The team continued their offensive tempo as Whitmire led the way with her setting, finding all of her hitters on the court in the third. Turner’s offense couldn’t rally up and attack to counter as Prosper was all over the court. In the dying moments of the match, Poupard came up big with a block out of the middle, allowing the Lady Eagles to clinch the set 25-10.
The defeat at Turner was the tenth consecutive win, as the team has not lost a match since the Lone Star Circle of Champions tournament back in August, when they fell 2-1 to Lovejoy High School. The match also marked the sixth consecutive sweep — the last time the dropped a set was against Coronado High School of El Paso in the same tournament. While the game was a total team effort, Kauffman attributes their success to the strength of their outside hitters.
“[Hecht] played great defense, and [Killinger] played well offensively,” she said. “We were a bit off tonight… but they both, as well as Taryn Weber, played with their heads on straight and got us out of some situations.”
The Lady Eagles will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 22, as they return home to take on third-place Lake Dallas (14-7, 3-1) at 5:30 p.m.