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Platteview's Kyra Gray serves against Norris in the first round of the Class B state tournament 

The Platteview Trojans fell to the Norris Titans 3-in the first round of the Class B state tournament to end their season.

Norris took the first set from the Trojans 25-14, but the Trojans fought back, winning the second set 25-15. 

The third and fourth set were both extremely tight, with both teams trading leads and crucial points. Platteview held a 17-15 lead in the third set, but ultimately dropped the set 27-25. 

“We led in both sets and I think we tried to pay it safe," head coach Shae Speth said. "We have talked all season about how aren’t that good when we play it safe. Playing smart is one thing but we don’t want to play it safe.”

In the fourth set, Platteview went out strong, holding a 12-4 lead. However, Norris went on a run to make it 13-12 Platteview. The two teams would then trade points all the way to the end, where Norris came out on top 25-23, ending the Trojans season.  

"We put ourselves in position to win every point, every set and the match and we just fell short in the end" Speth said. 

Platteview finished 0-3 on the season against Norris, but each time played better and gave them more of a fight. Coach Speth was complimentary of her team in this regard. 

"I think it just shows the heart of the team. I think taking a set off Norris the second time we played them gave us some confidence. It’s just our mental toughness we need to get better at moving into next year." 

The Trojans were led by senior Anna Koehler, but were able to get crucial points from all around. Piper Hart, Aubrey Staudt, Jaedyn Parks, Halle Johnson and Kyra Gray all were able to provide valuable offense for Platteview. 

Koehler finished with 18 kills and three aces, while Hart and Parks finished with eight and six kills, respectively. Johnson and Staudt each recorded four kills. 

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