SOUTHLAKE -- Through 23 games this season, Southlake Carroll questioned its all-around game and outside hitting.
After all, a team ranked No. 1 in the state earlier this season needs to be able to do it all.
Danielle Proskovec unleashed nine kills and Carroll rolled in straight sets 25-11, 25-9, 25-13 over Allen in a nondistrict match.
"Our hitting is starting come around," Proskovec said. "The big difference for us is that we're playing better as a team and communicating on the floor. That hasn't been the case in the past."
Carroll coach Arthur Stanfield emptied his bench in the final set, proving how deep the Dragons are.
But it was Proskovec's hitting that proved most impressive. She hammered away at the middle of the net and mixed some motion on the outside to keep Allen off-balance.
As a team Carroll (20-3) recorded its highest hitting percentage of the season at .250. That was the result of 66 total digs, and Stanfield pointed at this area as indicative of how good the Dragons can be.
"We're reliant on passing and defense, plain and simple," he said. "We have two of the best defensive players in the state on the back row and that gives us an advantage."
Cat McCoy, a junior who committed to Texas on Tuesday night, had 19 digs and Katie Dunlap, headed to LSU, had 11.
It's this depth that Stanfield can spread around to give Carroll multiple looks.
That kept Allen from making a serious run or impact in the game.
Proskovec had five blocks and kept Allen's Hannah Fry and Camryn Freiberg off the mark. They combined for 10 kills to lead the Eagles' outside hitting effort.
But Stanfield was still concerned about the middle of the net moving forward.
"We have three really good middle blockers and that's a nice problem to have, but they've got to fight for playing time," he said. "We treated this game like a playoff atmosphere, and we're going to do that one more time before we get into district play."
Carroll had 11 players with scoring chances Tuesday. Taylor Gruenewald had seven kills and Christen Sikora had four.
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