By Lindy Keyser
Special to the Press
The four seniors on the Prosper High School varsity volleyball team have their whole lives ahead of them. Graduation is right around the corner and in no time they’ll be decorating the walls of their college dorm rooms.
For now; though, they’re keeping their eyes on the ball.
"I’ll be sad about leaving my team and this school but I try not to think about that right now," said outside defensive specialist, Kaylee Cole. "I’ll wait until Senior Night to cry it out."
In the mean time, Cole, as well as Meredith Bramer and Brooke and Brittany Wright have their sites set high for their final season as Eagles. Their new coach, Erin McClanahan, is pushing the girls hard toward a championship this year.
"I’m so excited to see how far we go in the playoffs," said outside right hitter, Brooke Wright. "With our new coach, I think we’ll go really far."
Brooke and her twin sister Brittany joined the program when their father took the position as principal at PHS last year. The girls say that it took no time at all for them to form close bonds within the team.
"I feel like I’m so close with everyone in the program," Brittany said. "We work together, we rely on each other and we pick each other up. We all want the same thing and that is to be successful. It gives me goose bumps; I really love playing with them."
While Brittany and Brooke are fairly new to the team, many of the girls have played together for several years. Meredith Bramer started her volleyball career in the second grade.
"I’ve grown up with these kids and developed these relationships that you couldn’t develop off the court," Bramer said. "You learn to count on the person next to you. Leaving this gym will probably be the hardest thing I go through all year."
Though the girls will be saddened to leave their team at Prosper High School, they are prepared to embark on the next steps of their journeys. Bramer is committed to play volleyball at the University of North Texas, Cole intends to pursue a degree in elementary education, Brooke plans to run track in college and Brittany hopes to earn a volleyball scholarship at a small school not too far from home.
"It’s really bitter sweet," Cole said. "I’m excited to be almost done and moving on but we’ve all been together since our freshman year. It’s sad but I know that everyone is going to do great when they leave and of course we’ll stay in touch. This is all just part of the cycle."