The Lady Bulldogs were swept, 25-20, 25-17, by the Scott City Lady Rams on Thursday at the Sikeston Field House.
"It was extremely disappointing tonight, extremely disappointing," said Sikeston coach Steve Beydler. "From the start, from the very first ball in play tonight, we were flat and, except for a couple of small spurts, they just never really acted like they were in it.
"They never relaxed, never got into the flow of things."
Coming off the tremendous high of a first-ever win over the Jackson Indians on Tuesday, the Bulldogs perhaps suffered a bit of a letdown.
"I did my best yesterday in practice to say 'Hope you enjoyed it, but it's over and now it's time to get ready for the next game,'" said Beydler, who reached win No. 100 with the Jackson victory.
On this night, the Bulldogs (9-7) never led in the opening contest -- tightest margin of three points twice at 18-21 and 19-22 -- and held but a brief lead early in the second.
In game two, with Scott City leading 6-4, Sikeston reeled of five straight points, four on the service of Caitlin Underwood, to take a 9-6 lead. A close call on a Sikeston spike was ruled out, leading to a 7-2 Scott City run.
The Bulldogs battled back to tie at 14 and again at 15, but were outscored 10-2 the rest of the way.
"I don't want to say that they didn't want it because I know they did," said Beydler, "but maybe they wanted it so bad that they played tight."
Sikeston committed 14 hitting errors and six service errors.
"This isn't the team that I've been seeing recently," Beydler said. "To be a good team, you've got to be able to play consistently and overcome those spurts by another good team and, unfortunately, that didn't happen for us tonight."
Martika Davis led the Bulldogs in kills with five and Quinn Kaiser and Emily Taylor added three apiece. Setter Rachel Beydler carded nine assists with two kills.
Rachel Beydler led in service points with five, Underwood had four and Emily Taylor and Kiarra Morris had three each.
Scott City swept the junior varsity match, 25-19 and 25-18.
Sikeston visits Charleston on Monday at 6 p.m.
KENNETT - The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs tennis team dropped a tough road match on Thursday afternoon to the Kennett Lady Indians, 7-2.
Sikeston had a victory in singles supplied by Jenni DeWitt and in doubles with the team of DeWitt and Tess Marshall.
The Lady Bulldogs will remain on the road with a tough test against the Charleston Lady Bluejays on Monday at 4 p.m.
1. Jenni DeWitt (S) def. Christina Dewrock, 8-0.
2. Brook Burcham (K) def. Tess Marshall, 8-3.
3. Hanna Lack (K) def. Danielle Ahlfield, 8-1.
4. Susan Shetley (K) def. Megan Underhill, 8-2.
5. Christy Doughten (K) def. Hannah Moore, 8-3.
6. Samantha Brown (K) def. Caroline Murray, 8-2.
1. DeWitt/Marshall def. Dewrock/Lack, 8-2.
2. Burcham/Shetley def. Ahlfield/Underhill, 8-2.
3. Doughten/Brown def. Moore/Murray, 8-6.