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Sikeston sweeps Bloomfield

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

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Sikeston's Jennifer Millington bumps the ball.
SIKESTON -- Riding high on the momentum from a win in their final match at the Perryville Tournament this past weekend, the Sikeston volleyball team returned home to take on the Bloomfield Lady Wildcats Monday night.

The momentum continued for the Lady Bulldogs as they put down a young, yet very scrappy Bloomfield squad in straight sets 25-12, 25-13.

"I was pleased with the way the girls played," said Sikeston coach Steve Beydler. "They played together as a team and I liked the chemistry today. I had changed the lineup and so whenever you change the line up there is a little bit of difference in certain rotations with the way people are situated to each other and (the team) stepped up and they really played well."

Bloomfield jumped out to an early 6-2 lead in game one with great communication and fundamental play but it was short lived after a key block from Martika Davis ended the Lady Wildcats' opening surge.

After that, Sikeston went on a six point rally during which they took their first lead at 8-7 and never looked back.

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Sikeston's Martika Davis spikes the ball.
The only other time the Lady Wildcats threatened the Lady 'Dogs was at the 18-9 juncture when Bloomfield's Kristen Slaughter came up with a strong block on a kill attempt by Jennifer Millington. At this point Bloomfield tried to fight their way back into the match but they were incapable of doing so as Sikeston quickly regrouped with strong communication to seal game one with the final score 25-12.

"I am very pleased with our communication on the court," Beydler said. "(The team) seemed to really step it up tonight and really wanted to come out for the home crowd and have some fun."

In game two, Sikeston wasted no time in starting from where they left off in game one as they raced out to a 6-1 advantage. Bloomfield tried to respond quickly to gain some momentum but the attempt was quickly silenced by a thunderous kill, followed by a block from Davis.

The Lady Wildcats made one last ditch effort to comeback with a five point stand to make the score 16-10 but Caitlyn Underwood wasted no time to answer the rally with another Sikeston kill. This paved the way to a game two victory, winning in straight sets, with the final score of 25-13.

Contributions to the Lady Bulldogs victory included Martika Davis with nine kills and eight blocks, Caitlyn Underwood with three kills, 12 digs with one ace, Rachel Beydler with one kill, 15 assists with four aces. Mandy Moore collected two aces while Jennifer Millington tacked on three kills and Keyarra Blissett added on one kill respectively.

Sikeston, who is now 6-7-2 on the season, hopes to ride their newly found wave of momentum all the way to Jackson where a solid Lady Indian team awaits them in tonight's game.

"I like this momentum," Beydler said. "We won our last game of the tournament on Saturday, we came out tonight and we had a really good game. But now we have a tough two games coming up so this (win) will really help."

In junior varsity action, the Lady Bulldogs had a rough outing, dropping their game in straight sets. The junior varsity Lady Wildcats came out on top with the final score being 25-9, 25-17.