THE COLONY — The Prosper Lady Eagles wrapped up the first round of District play on Friday, Sept. 29, defeating Little Elm 3-0. The win was the team’s 10th sweep in a row, and the 28th overall this season.
That run ended, however, as the Colony stole set three from the Lady Eagles on Tuesday, Oct. 3.
Prosper was the ultimate victor in the match, taking a 4-1 win over the second-place Lady Cougars, but it wasn’t without a fight.
“They weren’t afraid of digging our hitters,” said head coach Erin Kauffman. “They ran a faster offense this time, and their hitters swung hard.”
Playing on the Colony’s home court, Prosper was still able to take the first set 25-13. The match became much more competitive in sets two and three, as the Lady Cougars battled back.
“The games got closer, because The Colony was playing fearless, and we were coasting,” Kauffman said.
The Colony came within six points of Prosper in set number two, something that hasn’t happened to the Lady Eagles since the first set of the JJ Pearce game back in early September. In set three, the Lady Cougars broke Prosper sweep streak, winning set three in an “overtime” match 27-29. Nevertheless, Kauffman’s team did not sweat the loss.
“Sometimes a loss like that is helpful in the long run because it proved that we are not invincible,” Kauffman said. “The girls figured that out after the loss and turned it around in set four.”
Back to their usual dominating ways, the team dismantled the Lady Cougars quickly to end the game 25-9. The Lady Eagle outside hitters were again impressive, as senior Haley Killinger and Ciera Hecht combined for 37 kills and 31 digs. Fellow senior Taryn Weber was also in the mix on the right side, recording 8 kills and a .375 hitting percentage.
Madi Whitmire continued to shine at the setting position. The junior broke her season-high assists record again in the match with 50 assists. She also recorded 10 digs.
Defensively, the Lady Eagles remain solid in the back row with a variety of players stepping up each week. Both Kayla Martin and Macy Walterscheid have been an integral part of the defense, and led the team in digs in the match.
Prosper remains in control of first place in the District 14-5A standings and are still undefeated in district play (8-0, 33-5). The team has not lost a match since Aug. 26, where they fell 2-1 to Lucas Lovejoy in the Lone Star Circle of Champions Tournament.
Next, they will travel to Carrollton for the second round against Newman Smith on Friday, Oct. 6. The last time the two teams met, Prosper defeated the Lady Trojans in three (25-3, 25-14, 25-6).