SCOTT CITY - The Sikeston volleyball team fell to 9-9-1 on the season with a loss on the road to Scott City on Monday.
Although the Lady Rams won 15-8, 15-11, the games were actually much closer.
"We had some back and forth games," said Sikeston head coach Steve Beydler. "In the first game we just ran into a tough server and we came into a tough rotation."
The first game was tied 8-8 before the Lady Rams reeled off seven straight points to pull out the win.
In the second game, Sikeston got behind early but fought back to make a closer contest.
"Then girls were a little down after the first game and then before we knew it we were down 10-3," said Beydler.
Sikeston battled back and made the score 10-8 and 12-11 but the Lady Bulldogs never could tie or take the lead.
"Other than a couple of servers we were siding out real well," said Beydler. "Our passing is good but our serving is very poor right now. We served under 75 percent and that was the difference in the game."
In serving, Sikeston was led by Summer Ray (9 attempts, 1 ace, 3 errors, Joy Daniel (11-2-3), Rachael Vining (5-0-1), Emily Slaten (5-1-2), Fleming Silverthorn (6-0-2) and Beth French (9-0-1).
Ray, Vining, Silverthorn and French all had 10 digs. Daniel had seven digs and Slaten had two.
On offense, Sikeston was led by Ray (1 attempt, 0 kills, 1 error), Daniel (28-10-5), Vining (11-3-4), Slaten (5-1-0), Silverthorn (2-0-1) and Stephanie Mason (6-2-1).
Silverthorn and Slaten had five assists apiece and Vining had the team's only block.
"It's a disappointing loss," said Beydler. "The girls really wanted to win this game. We'd make a run and then we couldn't do anything with our serves. Scott City does a good job of keeping the ball in play. They're not overpowering, but they make you make the mistake."
Sikeston will play at Caruthersville on Monday at 6 p.m.