CARROLLTON — The Prosper High School volleyball team started a new sweep streak on Friday, Oct. 8 after defeating Newman Smith for the second time this season in three sets. Senior Haley Killinger and junior Ciera Hecht continue to anchor the Prosper offense from the outside. Senior Chloe Hancock also had a good night at the net, both offensively and defensively, recording six kills and two blocks.
But the biggest news of the night came from a new face for the varsity on Friday night: freshman Shaylee Shore. Coach Erin Kauffman made the decision to move the freshman up to varsity for the Newman Smith match, and she did not disappoint. She recorded five kills on nine attempts to earn a .444 hitting percentage and a 55.6 kill percentage.
“Hope Gramly was gone for a recruiting visit to University of Nebraska bowling,” Kauffman said about why she chose to bring the freshman up to play with the varsity. “[Shore] will continue to practice with us and will be with us into the playoffs.”
Prosper’s night began in familiar fashion, as the Lady Eagles jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead over the Lady Trojans. After a Smith timeout, the team continued to berate the Lady Trojans as Shore made her varsity debut midway into the first set. Prosper wasted no time to end the first as they moved to a commanding 17-3 lead. Smith did earn a point back, but the Lady Eagles almost immediately regained possession of the ball, forcing another Lady Trojan timeout. Another offensive explosion by the Lady Eagles would end set one 25-5.
Smith kept the score a little bit closer in opening minutes of the second, but Prosper maintained control of the lead as Hecht slammed home a kill. Junior Kylie Mote led the team at the service line as she recorded five aces in the entire match. Prosper continued to push for points in the set. Kauffman worked several players into the rotation, including junior Julia Kieffer who came into mix at the middle blocker position. Kieffer would force the second Smith timeout of the set after a big block and 16-6 lead for the Lady Eagles. As Hancock checked back into the match, she sent a big kill down the middle to help Prosper capture the set 25-11.
Freshman Samantha Jacobs joined in the offensive conversation to start the final set, following her new freshman teammate with an impressive night at the net. She ended her night with four kills and a kill percentage of 80% (.600 attacking percentage). The rest of the Lady Eagle offense followed suit and continued to dominate the night. With a 12-5 lead, the team was relentless in their attack, but defensively the Lady Eagles were also solid in the back. Both Mote and Kayla Martin were effective in the back row, as the two combined for 14 digs as Prosper went on to defeat the Lady Trojans in set three 25-10.
Kauffman was very happy with the turnaround by her team following their performance against The Colony on Tuesday, Oct. 3.
“We rebounded well from our match versus The Colony and played really well,” she said. “We minimized our errors and served well.”
With the end of the regular season approaching, the Lady Eagles will return home next week for the final two home games of the year. The team will take on Creekview on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. as they recognize the six seniors on Senior Night. They will follow that match with the Homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 13 at 5:30 p.m.