It may have looked easy on paper, but it wasn't.
Despite sweeping Eastside High Lady Eagles to advance to the Upper State title match, the Nation Ford Lady Falcons did struggle some in their third round match.
Nation Ford won 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-13), but had to rally in the second set to fight back for the win.
Lady Falcons head coach Carrie Christian even admitted she thought her squad would drop at least 1 set, considering the way they were playing.
Nation Ford was led by senior Sara Bebeau, who had a double-double with 12 kills and 11 digs. Sophomore Caylee Antilley had 12 kills, four aces and five digs and senior Shelia Walsh had five digs and 38 assists.
Number one ranked Nation Ford (27-4) will now play the winner of the Chapman/Daniel game at 6 p.m. on Thursday at their home court.
Eastside came into the match ranked third in the state and jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the opening set, but the Lady Falcons stayed within striking distance and closed to within two at 6-4.
The Lady Falcons struggled with their serve and could only get within one or two service points to tie the set until finally they got over the hump.
Nation Ford tied things up at 11-11 and then took a 12-11 lead.
"Sometimes the more serves we miss, the better we beat a team," Christian said. "So if we miss five or six serves, it's not that big of a deal."
The two point swing was part of six point swing by Nation Ford as they quickly took a 16-12 lead before Eastside called a time out.
Nation Ford kept a three to four point lead for several serves and then started pulling away to make it 22-15, before closing it out.
In the second set, Nation Ford started strong this time going up 2-0. However, they allowed Eastside to rally and take a 4-3 lead.
Nation Ford jumped right back and regained the lead going up 7-4.
The Lady Falcons didn't look back and gained a comfortable 15-8 lead before Eastside called a time out.
After the time out, Eastside started chipping away at the Lady Falcons lead and forced Nation Ford to take a time out with a slim 20-18 lead.
"We tried to stay aggressive," Christian said.
Nation Ford came out of the time out and scored two quick points to force Eastside to take a time out and regroup down 22-18.
The Lady Falcons would win the set 25-20 as the two squads traded service points for the rest of the set.
In the third and final set, both squads struggled to get an advantage over the other as they stayed tied early.
Nation Ford finally scored three straight for slim 5-2 lead. The Lady Falcons kept that small two to three point lead through most of the third set.
Nation Ford's passing and net play helped to pace them in the third set as they pulled away to make it 15-11.
Junior Bailey Kernodle scored eight straight points serving the ball to make it 23-11 as the Lady Falcons found their groove to win the set and match.