PROSPER — The Prosper volleyball team defeated another opponent in District 14-5A last week. The Lady Eagles took down the Little Elm Lady Lobos in three sets on Friday, Sept. 29, improving their record to 32-5 overall.
“It was the best defensive hustle I have seen from our team this year,” said Coach Erin Kauffman about her team’s performance.
Prosper continue to show off their versatility on the court both offensively and defensively. The Lady Eagles were on the board first after several big plays by the front row hitters. Senior Chloe Hancock earned a kill early in the set, followed by strong rallies by juniors Morgan Monroe, Ciera Hecht and Madi Whitmire to keep Little Elm from taking the lead. In one of the best plays of the night, Monroe chased down a wild third ball and sent it back over the net to keep the ball live and keep the crowd involved in the game.
“I had some spectators tell me afterwards that it was the best play they’ve seen by a Prosper volleyball player,” Kauffman said.
Senior Haley Killinger got herself on the score board with a kill midway through the set, as Prosper led by ten at 15-5. Fellow seniors Hope Gramly and Taryn Weber continued to push Prosper ahead as they added kills of their own. Weber put a ball down the line, followed by a big swing by Hecht that put the game out of reach for Little Elm as the Lady Eagles took set one 25-10.
Prosper continued to dominate in the second set, holding the Lady Lobos to just three points early in the set. Little Elm took a quick timeout as Prosper capitalized on their opponent’s lack of defense. As the set continued, the Lady Eagles were relentless in their attack. Whitmire was all over the court as she tallied a season high total of 49 assists in the contest, and Killinger remained a strong presence on the outside. Towards the end of the set, Kauffman sent in a few subs to add to the depth on the court. Junior Julia Kieffer immediately made an impact, earning a kill that helped Prosper inch closer to capturing set number two. The Lady Eagles were the eventual victors, as the set ended at 25-9.
Weber and Kieffer carried their offensive spark into the final set as the opening three points fell in favor of the home team. Prosper’s hustle all over the court minimized the Lady Lobo scoring opportunities. Defensively, the Lady Eagles were spot on, and Kauffman praised junior Kayla Martin’s impressive performance throughout the night as she recorded 10 digs. Later in the set, Kieffer came up big again at the net with a block, followed by a smartly placed roll shot by Weber. Several other Prosper players checked in the match to help the team reach 25 points, including juniors Ryann Cobb and Audrey Poupard. In a total team effort, the Lady Eagles cruises to their seventh straight district victory as the last set came to a close at 25-11.
Although the first half of District play is in the books, Kauffman says there is still a lot of work to be done as the team continues to prepare for the post-season.
“[We’re looking to] keep up the intensity and focus because we need to be peaking during playoffs,” the Prosper coach said. “[We’re working on] minimizing our errors and diversifying our offense as well.”
Prosper will be back in action on Oct. 3 when they take on the Colony at 5:30 p.m.
Following their match against The Colony, the Lady Eagles will take on Newman Smith in an away game on Friday, Sept. 6 before returning for a home game against Creekview on Tuesday, Oct. 10.