CARUTHERSVILLE -- Sikeston's volleyball team ran into a much-improved Caruthersville squad on Monday, losing in three sets, 8-15, 15-13, 8-15.
"We were kind of surprised," said Sikeston coach Steve Beydler. "Caruthersville is a lot better than they were last year. They've got three or four girls that hit the ball very well, and one young middle blocker who was just killing the ball. She gave us fits."
Caruthersville improved to 16-2 with the victory, while Sikeston fell to 9-10-1.
Summer Ray served up 13 attempts and two aces on three errors. Other Sikeston servers were Joy Daniel (8-0-2), Rachael Vining (10-0-1), Emily Slaten (16-2-0), Fleming Silverthorn (12-0-5), and Beth French (12-0-1).
"There were a number of long rallies," said Beydler. "It was a long, hard-fought, intense match. Unfortunately, we came out on the wrong end in two of those games."
Sikeston saw digs from Ray (9), Daniel (11), Vining (9), Slaten (2), Silverthorn (7), French (7), Jamie Medlin (4) and Stefanie Mason (2).
"When we were scoring, we were fundamentally sound," said Beydler. "When we had a good pass and our setter put the ball up, we were in control. Errant passes and the girls trying to tip around the blocks is what allowed (Caruthersville) to stay in the game."
Offensively, Daniel led the Lady Bulldogs with 20 attempts, seven kills and two errors. Sikeston also saw offense from Ray (4-0-1), Slaten (14-2-1), Silverthorn (9-0-1), Medlin (8-2-2), and Mason (4-2-0).
Slaten had seven assists and Silverthorn had six. Daniel had two blocks.
Sikeston will host Chaffee on Thursday.
NEW MADRID -- New Madrid County Central defeated Kennett in straight sets Monday night, 15-10, 15-12.
"It was the best we've played all year," said NMCC coach Sonya Pixley. "Our defense was on tonight, which made our offense on. I'm really proud of the girls. Hopefully, we can continue to play like this the rest of the season."
Megan Lange served up two aces with 15 assists and five kills. Lindsey Campbell served two aces with one kill.
Kendra Gregg had 11 kills with one ace, and Christine Jones contributed one ace.
Elizabeth Myracle finished with one ace, two blocks and three kills. Ashley Brittain had seven assists and five kills.
NMCC will travel to Scott City tonight at 6 p.m.