As the regular season winds down, the red-hot Lady Eagles continue to be the powerhouse of District 14-5A. Adding two more sweeps to their 3-0-dominant record, the team defeated Lake Dallas (25-15, 25-17, 25-13) and McKinney North (25-11, 25-12, 25-7), pushing their perfect district record to 13-0.
“Lake Dallas and North are two of the better teams in the district, and I thought we did a great job of playing our game, sticking to our game plan and sweeping both teams,” head coach Erin Kauffman said.
The week began at Lake Dallas High School on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Senior Haley Killinger stole the show, recording 17 kills against the opposing Lady Eagles. The Texas Tech commit was also a big defensive presence for Prosper as she added 13 digs to her evening.
Despite Killinger’s stellar performance, Lake Dallas proved to be a tough opponent. They pounced on the lead early in the match, keeping the score close in the first set. Prosper jumped out to a 6-2 scoring run in response to capture the lead, and they would hold on for the remainder of the set with a final score of 25-15.
Lake Dallas never saw the lead again in the match, as Prosper controlled the court. Both Killinger and her opposite, junior Ciera Hecht, proved to be difficult to defend against. Both outside hitters were an offensive force in the second, complemented by senior middle blocker Hope Gramly. The trio combined for most of the attack in the victory, while junior Madi Whitmire continued to show her versatility as a setter with 42 assists, 4 blocks and 9 digs in the 3-0 win over Lake Dallas.
The team carried their winning momentum into Friday’s match against 5th-placed McKinney North.
Hecht earned the first kill of the night for Prosper and pushed the team out to an 11-4 lead in the match. Whitmire’s spot-on setting kept the Lady Eagles ahead in the first, accompanied by tough defensive play by the back line. Junior Kayla Martin was rock-solid in the back with 7 digs, while Hecht and Whitmire provided a combined 16 digs to supplement the state-ranked defense. Several players made an impact of the bench, including the newest face on the varsity squad, freshman Shaylee Shore. Gramly also dominated at the net for the second consecutive game, ending her night with 11 kills and 3 blocks.
The Lady Eagles will head into their final week of regular season play looking to remain undefeated.
“(We want to) focus on controlling our side of the court, minimizing our errors and preparing ourselves for to put the best ‘us’ out on the court each time we compete,” said Kauffman.