BERNIE -- Sikeston High School's girls volleyball team opened its season with a rare win over Bernie on Tuesday.
The Lady Bulldogs served at an impressive 96 percent accuracy rate en route to a best two-of-three set win over the Lady Mules.
"It was a good start to our season," said Sikeston coach Steve Beydler. "It gives us a boost of confidence to win against an always-tough Bernie team."
Sikeston won the first game 25-23, lost the second 23-25, then clinched the match with a 25-16 win.
Kiarra Morris (19 of 20), Emily Taylor (17 of 18), Quinn Kaiser (17 of 17) and Amber Anthony (11 of 11) led the service statistics. Morris led the scoring with 13 points, including five aces, while Kaiser tallied 12 with a single ace.
Taylor added 10 points with two aces and Anthony chipped in with five points.
Senior middle hitter and team captain Berneatress Hunt topped the kill and block categories with five and four, respectively.
Lateisa Peet contributed two kills and Morris, Anthony, Audra Wooley and Khassie Patterson added one each. The sophomore Kaiser, in her first-ever game as a setter, had 21 helpers.
Said Beydler, of his rookie setter, "Quinn stepped up and had a very good night. She did everything that we asked and more. Just a great job."
Beydler also heaped praise on the Lady Bulldogs' team defense.
He said, "The team, as a whole, kept the ball off the floor the entire night."
The Sikeston junior varsity lost in straight sets, 14-25 and 21-25.
Rachel Beydler and Kelsey Lawrence shared the scoring lead with four points each, while Martika Davis added three and Alli Harper two. Beydler was also the assist leader with 12 and Lawrence had 10.
Next action for the Lady Bulldogs is a JV tournament at Bernie on Thursday and Friday.
The varsity spikers will play in the SEMO Conference Tournament next Tuesday and Wednesday.