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Spikers roll on Senior Night

Thursday, October 19, 2006

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Sikeston senior Emily Taylor returns a shot.
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs volleyball defeated the Saxony Lutheran Crusaders in two sets on senior night 25-22 and 25-20 at the Field House on Wednesday.

Quinn Kaiser, Kiarra Morris and Emily Taylor played their last home game of their careers. Kaiser played an all-around great game for the Lady Bulldogs with 10 digs, four kills and 10 service points including three aces.

Morris was solid with five digs and five service winners including an ace. Taylor ended with four kills and two digs for Sikeston.

A win is a win for the Lady Bulldogs, but head coach Steve Beydler thought the team was a little anxious with it being senior night.

"Senior night is always filled with a lot of emotion," said Beydler. "I think sometimes we come out very distracted with all the hoopla associated with the night. So it takes them a while to get into the game, if they get in it at all. We had trouble getting started tonight and I think the distractions hampered our play a little tonight."

Sikeston started slowly in the first set taking their first lead midway through at 15-14. The Lady Bulldogs led by as much as 23-15 and held off a late Crusader rally to win 25-22.

"We were not crisp on our attacks and allowed rallies to go on too long," said Beydler. "That is not how we usually play. I just thought we were in slow motion on defense and that is probably to due with senior night and the thought that this is their last game at home. That is sometimes tough for the girls to get over."

In the second set, Sikeston took an early 7-6 lead and held the lead the rest of the way, leading at one point 21-16 until closing the set out 25-20.

While the seniors had a good night, the juniors on the Lady Bulldogs were a nice supporting cast against Saxony Lutheran.

Rachel Beydler led Sikeston with 14 assists and had six digs. Caitlin Underwood led the Lady Bulldogs with five kills and had three digs.

Martika Davis and Destinee Walker paced the Lady Bulldogs with four and three kills apiece. Libero Jennifer Millington had a solid night with eight digs to pace Sikeston.

Beydler stated that his seniors have a lot of sentimental value for him personally.

"We are going to miss our seniors," said Beydler. "They are very special to me because they are the first group of players that have started with me since the seventh grade. I have had these girls since the seventh grade and is going to be hard for me to see them leave."

Sikeston (17-10-1) will end their regular season schedule tonight when they travel to New Madrid County Central to face the Lady Eagles at 6 p.m.