(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
Sikeston was defeated in two sets, 23-25, 15-25 to the traditional Class 1 power.
"Bernie's always a fun match, a tough match," said Sikeston head coach Steve Beydler. "It's a good gauge to see where we are and what we need to work on."
It was the first game of the year where rally scoring was used instead of the traditional side-outs.
"Right now, with this being the first match with the rally scoring, we seemed a little discombobulated," said Beydler. "We seemed a little out of sync. But I think everybody was. Both teams were a little bit, the officials, the scorekeepers -- everybody didn't seem very comfortable with it."
Sikeston led most of the first set against the Lady Mules, but they weren't able to hold on. Bernie used the momentum into the second set.
"The varsity played fairly well the first game," said Beydler. "We were ahead most of that game until the end and they were able to get the lead at the right time. The next game, they actually started getting their hitting going. They were dropping in some balls. It was still back and forth, but it seemed like they were getting two to everyone of ours."
The Lady Bulldogs served 87 percent as a team, a number Beydler expects the team to improve on.
"I'd like to see us get up in the mid-90s at least," he said. In serving, Sikeston was led by Maggie Pfefferkorn, who served at 100 percent, getting five points and three aces. Others were Rachael Vining (5 attempts, 3 pts, 80 percent), Paige Kaiser (4 att., 100 percent), Erin Box (9 att., 7 pts, 89 percent), Audra Wooley (8 att., 4 pts, 2 aces, 88 percent) and Leoni Voss (4 att., 2 pts, 50 percent).
Berneatress Hunt had four blocks and three kills. Quinn Kaiser had three blocks and Robyne Morris had one block and two kills.
Vining had three kills, Pfefferkorn had two kills and P. Kaiser and Wooley each had one kill.
"I'm pleased with the way our blockers looked tonight," said Beydler. "We touched a lot of balls. The total blocks don't include touches. Blocking is something that we're going to have to get really good at this year because we have small players. We had a lot of kill attempts, but we also had a lot of errors. A lot of the girls were hitting the ball long tonight."
Sikeston's varsity won't play again until next Tuesday when they play in the SEMO Conference Tournament at Chaffee at 4:45 p.m.
Sikeston lost the jayvee matchup 15-25, 22-25.
Servers for Sikeston were Emily Taylor (3 att., 1 pt, 67 percent), Kiarra Morris (8 att., 4 pts, 88 percent), Khassie Patterson (10 att., 6 pts, 100 percent), Amber Anthony (9 att., 6 pts, 89 percent), Lindsey Wright (4 att., 1 pt, 50 percent) and Kasey Ray (5 att., 1 pt, 100 percent).
Morris, Samantha Landers and Mary Felker each had one block. Felker also had two kills while Taylor and Landers each had one kill.
Sikeston's JV will play in the Bernie Junior Varsity Tournament on Thursday at 4 p.m.