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Eisenhower’s Malaysia McCollum (12) goes up for a kill against the defense of Mac’s Whitney Brown (2) and Zarius Marable. McCollum led Ike with six kills and four aces as the Eagles dropped the Highlanders in straight sets.MacArthur libero Amber Hobbs plays the ball toward the net during the Highlanders’ straight-sets loss to Eisenhower on Thursday. Mac’s defense was put to the test against Ike’s power.

Front line powers Ike to volleyball win over Mac

Eisenhower volleyball started off the season about as poorly as a team with its talent can: a straight-set loss at home while only scoring 35 points.

The Eagles have quickly shaken off that loss, however, winning six straight sets over their next two matches including a 3-0 win at MacArthur on Thursday. The sets scores were: 25-13, 25-9, 25-15.

Both teams struggled at the outset of the match with the first 10 points all coming via errors which left the match tied at 5. 

With her team off to another slow start, Ike's Malaysia McCollum stepped to the service line and promptly delivered four straight aces to spark a 9-1 Eagle run. The Highlanders never got within seven as Ike (2-1) settled in led by its front line.

"I hope this isn't going to be our M.O., but we've been starting slow," Ike head coach Becky Martin said. "So far we've been able to turn that around and get going. I think they finally just settle down and get in a rhythm. They played well after they got going."

The 20-8 run to finish the first set carried over into the second as Ike got out to a 10-3 lead behind four kills, one block and an ace. Sophomore Brooke Bross had two of the kills. MacArthur fought back to 12-7 thanks to a string of Eagle errors, but that set off a 13-2 run to end the second set.

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