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Sikeston volleyball ends regular season with win

Friday, October 19, 2001

SIKESTON -- Sikeston's volleyball team ended the regular season with a 15-5, 15-6 win over New Madrid County Central on Thursday night.

Since it was the last home game, Sikeston honored seniors Summer Ray, Jamie Medlin, Beth French and Stefanie Mason before the varsity match.

"It was senior night, and the girls really wanted to go out with a bang," said Sikeston coach Steve Beydler. "They wanted to have fun and still play hard, and they were able to do that tonight."

All four seniors were instrumental in the Lady Bulldogs' win. Slaten led the team in serving, putting up 15 points with four assists. She rolled off six consecutive points twice, then added three more in the final match.

"She was serving the ball very well," said Beydler. "New Madrid had trouble handling it. I don't know if it was how their rotation went or what. She always seems to have a ball that the girls on the other side have trouble with."

Ray and Mason each finished with one kill, while Medlin contributed a block.

Joy Daniel had eight service points with three aces, two kills and two blocks. Rachael Vining had six service points. Flemming Silverthorn served one point and recorded two kills. "Our girls were just siding out well," said Beydler. "(NMCC) just wasn't able to get a whole lot going on offense tonight. It's just tough to be in somebody else's gym on senior night."

Sikeston will be seeded for the district tournament today. Districts start Monday at Jackson.

Sikeston's junior varsity squad defeated NMCC 15-12, 17-15 to end the season.

Maggie Pfefferkorn served 10 points in the first match, finishing with two aces. Audra Wooley served nine points in the second match with three aces, one kill and one block.

Erin Box had two aces, Tori McConnell had one ace, Berneatress Hunt had one kill and two blocks, and Paige Kaiser had one kill and one block.

"The girls played hard and never gave up," said Sikeston jayvee coach Nancy Miles.

Sikeston's junior varsity team ends its season with a record of 6-13-1.