SIKESTON - The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs volleyball squad lost its first match of the year to the Bernie Mules Tuesday night at the Sikeston Field House.
Sporadic serving cost Sikeston and they fell in two sets to the Lady Mules by scores of 25-23 and 26-24.
The Lady Bulldogs committed 13 serving errors in two sets and was a deciding factor in the match.
"Serving was a difference in the game," said coach Beydler, "A couple of less serving errors and we win the match."
In the first set alone, Sikeston had seven serving errors. At one point in the first match, the Lady Bulldogs had three serving errors in a row.
"Although we struggled on the serve, we really had some good stats in the game," stated coach Beydler.
For Sikeston, Quinn Kaiser had one ace and four kills, Kiarra Morris chipped in with seven digs and Emily Taylor had one ace and five digs.
Rachel Beydler ended up with five assists, two kills and 10 digs for the Lady Bulldogs. Kelsey Lawrence had one kill, two assists with five digs.
Rounding out the scoring for Sikeston, Martika Davis had one kill and Caitlin Underwood got one block.
"Their were some tough, long rallies and we have to terminate the long rallies," said coach Beydler, "We have to put those rallies away earlier."
The Lady Bulldogs have 10 days off until their next match and coach Beydler made it clear that serving will be worked on during that time.
"We will work and work on the serving and try to instill in the girls the need to terminate the rallies sooner," said coach Beydler.
In the junior varsity match, Bernie blew past Sikeston in two sets 25-11 and 25-5.
On the varsity side, Sikeston (0-1) will compete in the SEMO Tournament Sept. 9-10.
The next home game will be on Sept. 12 against Cape Central.
The junior varsity is scheduled to play in the Bernie JV tournament Sept. 1-2.
The JV will also be home to play Cape Central on Sept. 12.