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Eisenhower’s Crystal Polk, left, beats teammate Tavai Ieremia to the ball during a joust at the net during Thursday’s match against Lawton High at the Wolverine Gym. Ike earned a 3-0 victory to cap a sweep of the Wolverines.

Ike volleyballers crush LHS, 3-0

Eisenhower trailed for only the briefest of moments Thursday night as it beat Lawton High in straight sets 25-12, 25-7, 25-18.

The Wolverines' 1-0 lead to begin the second set was the only point of the match that they led the No. 8 team in Class 5A.

The Lady Eagles were on top of their game from the opening serve and did so despite another injury sustained to senior Malaysia McCollum at practice Wednesday that kept her on the sideline.

"Malaysia, we had her back Tuesday, turns her ankle Wednesday in practice so she's out again for at least a week," Ike head coach Becky Martin said. "Passionett (Breedlove) came in and played in her spot and did a good job. The key was everybody else doing their job. It didn't worry us that much."

The closest set was the third as the Wolverines progressively made improvements to inch nearer. With its lead cut to 13-10, Ike went on a roll winning the next five points to pull away. Highlighting that stretch was the serving of Moira Milne, who served three straight aces at one point. Milne led the team with six aces on the night as the Lady Eagles racked up 16 in total.

Also with six aces was Tavai Ieremia, who added nine kills as well to her night of all-around assault against overmatched LHS.

"You can count on her," Martin said of Ieremia. "She talks well, she's got her coverages, she's a great passer, she's our number one server. She's just an all-around player for us."

Brooke Bross led the team with 13 kills while Crystal Polk added eight and Lauren Chambers converted six more.

"All of that is because of good passes," Martin said. "If we pass the ball well, we're going to get the kills or at least the opportunities to do that. Latasia Heath did a great job. Latasia and Tavai both pass really well on the back row and that's the difference. If you don't pass the ball, you're not going to hit many. The second game we had four or five there that we flubbed around a little bit but we turned it around and that's what I like to see at this point in the seaturned it around and that's what I like to see at this point in the season."

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