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Ike falters after first set, falls to Victory Christian

NORMAN - Had Eisenhower played all four sets the way it played the first, it likely would have advanced to the 5A volleyball state semifinals.

After a 25-22 opening set win, the Lady Eagles dropped the next three sets 25-17, 25-13, 25-14 to lose 3-1 to Victory Christian Friday afternoon at Norman North High School in the first round of the state tournament.

"I think it's the same thing we've dealt with all year," Ike head coach Becky Martin said. "We get a couple of bad calls, they made a run and we lost our focus and kind of got down on ourselves. We talked about that and we stressed that all week. You're going to have momentum changes. It happens in volleyball more than any other sport I've ever seen."

The first set of the match, Ike was playing some of the best volleyball it had all season. Unforced errors were nearly nonexistent while the passing and sets were right on the mark.

Brooke Bross led the way with three aces and two kills, the second of which clinched the set's final point.

"This being our first experience, I was glad to see them come out strong like that," Martin said. "At this level, it's mental and heart and how you respond when things are going bad. We did that a few times but not enough to pull it out."

Bross then had two more kills early in the second set to lift Ike to a 5-0 lead.

Victory Christian called timeout and made an adjustment that turned the tide of the match.

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