(Photos by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON--The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs volleyball team played host to the Bell City Lady Cubs on Monday evening at the Sikeston Fieldhouse, losing in two straight games by scores of 25-10 and 25-21.
The loss takes the Lady Bulldogs to 11-13-4 on the season.
Bell City started out with a 3-0 lead in the first game, but a spike from Martika Davis got Sikeston rolling and they pulled within two points of the Lady Cubs halfway through game one at 7-5.
The Lady Cubs however would go on their own rally, behind southpaw senior Jessica Abner and fellow senior Rachel Spears' tremendous spiking power. They jumped out to a lead and never looked back, taking the first game 25-10.
"It takes 25 points to win a game," Beydler said. "I told them that I was proud of them after the first game, and that they played well. The score didn't show it, but they didn't roll over and die."
Beydler's words must have been ringing in his player's ears, as they rallied back to get within one point as the score fell to 12-11 after a Bell City spike went flying out of bounds.
After several long volleys from both squads, the Lady Cubs began to slowly pull away until Sikeston senior Rachel Beydler scored an ace on a jump serve to pull the Lady Bulldogs within five, 19-14.
It was still an uphill battle for the home-team however, and the closest they would get was within three points of the Lady Cubs and despite their great effort Bell City won the second game 25-21.
"Bell City is well-coached," (Steve) Beydler said. "They're very composed, and if you let them, they'll keep it alive. But, our girls didn't roll over and die."
"We've been working on communication and intensity," he added. "We've still got one home game left at the Field House Thursday night before district play starts on Monday. It's Senior Night, so it'll be a good game for our girls."
Leading the way for the Lady Bulldogs was Rachel Beydler, who was 5-for-5 serving, had one ace, four assists, two blocks and 17 digs, and Caitlyn Underwood, who was 6-for-6 serving, had one kill, three blocks and 14 digs.
Jennifer Millington, Mandy Moore, Andrea Coleman and Davis were all perfect serving on the night, giving the Lady Bulldogs a statistic of 32-for-32 serving.
"We played well as a team," Rachel Beydler said. "We had fun and we're looking forward to finishing off the season strong."
Sikeston will play Thursday night at home against New Madrid County Central for Senior Night. District play begins on Monday with Sikeston facing Cape Central in their first match.