(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
"Early on the girls were talking well and communicating," said Sikeston volleyball coach Steve Beydler. "We were able to pretty much control the game in the first set."
"In the second game it started off the same way, then about the fourth rotation they had a girl rip off 12 points in a row. I called two timeouts in that period of time. We hit a wall and we were unable to come back from it."
"In the third game we were tied 11-11 and then they got about six points in a row. Even with that, the girls tried to crawl back but it was too late. Volleyball is a huge game of momentum. Poplar Bluff did a good job of keeping it in play and slamming it back at us."
Maggie Pfefferkorn had seven points and four assists. Paige Kaiser had nine points, two kills, and three digs. Audra Wooley had six points, one assist and two digs.
Erin Box had two points and four assists. Rachael Vining had five kills, one assist and four digs. Quinn Kaiser provided one kill, one assist and one dig.
Berneatress Hunt had four kills and three blocks.
Robyne Morris provided two kills and Leo Voss added four digs.
Sikeston will host Charleston on Monday at 6 p.m.
The Lady Bulldogs also lost Thursday's junior varsity match, 14-25, 18-25.
"The jayvee was very flat tonight," said Beydler. "They basically started slow and never did really get things going. Bluff's a decent team and you can't have a slow start and expect to pull anything out."
The junior varsity team will play in the Woodland Tournament on Saturday, facing Jackson in the first round at 9 a.m.
BELL CITY - The Richland Lady Rebels volleyball team defeated Bell City in three sets, 25-14, 12-25, 25-20 on Thursday.
The Lady Rebels had 20 kills in the match led by Tyla Ritter's seven kills. Emily Robinson and Cara Brown each had four kills.
Michelle Lane had two blocks and Amber Suiter had a whopping 20 assists.
"It was a really great game to watch and the girls played really hard," said Richland head coach Laura Dejournett.
Richland (4-7) will host Advance on Monday at 6 p.m.