SIKESTON -- Sikeston's volleyball team saw its season come to an end on Tuesday night, losing to Jackson in the Class 4 District 1 semifinals.
The Lady Bulldogs lost in straight sets, 8-15, 2-15.
"We went in with high hopes, after pulling off an upset (Monday) night against Poplar Bluff. The girls were pretty pumped," said Sikeston head coach Steve Beydler. "For the first two thirds of the first game, everybody, including Jackson, thought we could pull it off. But at that time, Jackson kicked it up a notch and really started pulling away. They carried that into the second game of the match. We didn't play bad, they were just playing really well."
Emily Slaten had four points and one ace for Sikeston. Joy Daniel ended with four kills, two blocks, two points and once ace. Paige Kaiser had two points and three kills. Berneatress Hunt had two blocks. Erin Box and Maggie Pfefferkorn each contributed one service point.
Rachael Vining had four kills.
Sikeston was the No. 6 seed in the tournament. Jackson was the second seed, but went on to topple top-seeded Farmington in the championship match, 15-10, 15-10.
The Lady Indians (24-9-2) will now face the Class 4 District 3 winner on Saturday in Lindbergh. Farmington ends its season with a record of 19-10 and Sikeston's final record is 14-14-2.
"We should have no regrets," said Beydler. "We had a very good tournament. A lot of the coaches and even the refs made mention of how hard they played and how impressed the were with them. I'm extremely pleased with the way we ended the season. I only wish the middle would've been a little stronger."
The Lady Bulldogs will lose some key players to graduation, like Slaten, the team's main setter for the last three years. "She has been the team leader for much of those three years and a team captain for two," said Beydler. "I will miss her and her leadership next year."
Also gone will be Daniel, the top offensive player on the team.
"She is a major part of our offense," said Beydler. "She turned many heads this past week at this tournament. Her and (Slaten) were a nice one-two punch and will be difficult to replace."
A third key loss will be senior Tara Shoemaker.
"She turned out to be a very good blocker and a decent hitter this year," said Beydler. "She played more and more aggressive, and played better and better each game."
Senior Margo Allen will also be lost.