PROSPER – The preseason came to a close on Tuesday, Sept. 5 after the Prosper volleyball team swept Richardson JJ Pearce (25-22, 25-11, 25-14). The Lady Eagles then returned home on Friday, Sept. 8 for their District 14-5A opener against The Colony.

The Colony Lady Lobos entered the match 17-10-0, and were coming off a sweep of their own against Frisco Lone Star on Tuesday.

Prosper wasted no time in their first win of district play, as all three sets were over relatively quickly.

They were again dominant from the serving line, as the team rallied behind a combined 10 aces from key players throughout the match. Coach Erin Kauffman’s offense again relied on the outside attacking power from partners Ciera Hecht and Haley Killinger, who recorded a total of 20 kills in the match. Defensively, Kayla Martin anchored the back line with 8 digs.

In previous games, the Lady Eagles have struggled in the first set to establish an offensive rhythm, but this time, they took control of the match early. Killinger put the team ahead at 10-7, and they would pull away from there. The set came to 22-10 after a good build-up from the Lady Eagles. Senior Taryn Weber sent a perfect ball into the hands of setter Maudie Whitmire. Whitmire pushed a long set out to Hecht, who slammed the ball home. Prosper eventually took the set 25-11.

Several Prosper players saw time on the court last night. Junior Ryann Cobb recorded several kills on the outside, while Audrey Poupard added an important blocking presence at the net. Freshman Samantha Jacobs also found her way back out on the court to help the offense.

Prosper went on to take the second (25-12) and third sets (25-11), bringing their district record to 1-0 and and overall record to 26-5, ranking them as the current number two team in the state.

The Lady Eagles will be back on their home court at Prosper High on Tuesday, Sept. 12 for the second district match of the year, taking on the Newman Smith Lady Trojans at 6:30 p.m.