(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
Coming back with the victory after playing in tournaments all weekend was gratifying for head coach Steve Beydler.
"This is a good way to start off our conference season," said Beydler. "We had a tough weekend in the 40 team Southeast Missouri volleyball classic. If I had to pick a player of the game I'd give it to the entire team. I'm really happy with the way the girls came out after all the games we played this weekend off one day of rest. They came out on fire tonight."
Statistically, Sikeston had several standouts.
Paige Kaiser was the top server, getting nine points on 13 attempts. She had three aces and one error. Maggie Pfefferkorn had five points on nine attempts. Audra Wooley had five points on eight attempts with two aces and Rachael Vining had four points on seven attempts with one ace.
Other top servers were Erin Box (8 attempts, 4 pts) and Leoni Voss (5 attempts, 3 pts, 1 ace).
Vining led the team with four digs. Kaiser, Wooley and Berneatress Hunt each had two digs.
Hunt also had six kills and three blocks. Others with kills were Kaiser (6 kills), Vining (5), and Robyne Morris and Quinn Kaiser with one kill each.
Pfefferkorn led the team with 10 assists followed by Box with eight assists.
"Our girls did a fantastic job of communicating, helping each other out on the court, and keeping the ball alive," said Beydler. "We have had a number of games this year that have been determined by two points. We're still getting acclimated to this new rally scoring and the way it's changed the game."
Sikeston will host Poplar Bluff on Thursday at 6 p.m.
The Sikeston jayvee team defeated Cape Central 25-23, 25-19.
Sikeston had several top servers but none bigger than Kiarra Morris, who had 10 points on 13 attempts with four aces.
Others were Amber Anthony (8 att., 3 pts, 1 ace), Lindsey Wright (8 att., 2 pts), Khassie Patterson (9 att., 6 pts, 1 ace), Kasey Ray (8 att., 5 pts, 1 ace) and Emily Taylor (4 att., 1 pt, 1 ace).
"I'm pleased with the way jayvee is stepping up and playing good team ball," said Beydler. "They have been off a little bit because the varsity has been in tournaments. They're starting to come together as a team and play together. I expect them to get better and better. I'm expecting big things out of this group."
Other statistical leaders were Taylor (10 digs, 5 kills, 1 block), Anthony (7 digs), Morris (2 digs, 1 kill, 2 blocks), Patterson (3 digs, 1 kill), Mary Felker (4 kills), Wright (9 assists) and Ray (7 assists).