SIKESTON -- The Sikeston girls tennis team won their first match of the young season in dominating fashion.
The Lady Bulldogs (1-2) blanked Caruthersville 9-0 in varsity competition and the junior varsity also shut out the Lady Tigers, 7-0, on Thursday.
"The girls played hard up and down the lineup," said Sikeston coach Lynne DeWitt. "We had a chance to work on different strategies."
Jenni DeWitt, the Bulldogs' No. 1 singles player, remained undefeated with her third straight singles win, while DeWitt and her doubles partner Tess Marshall also won their third against no losses.
Sikeston visits Jackson on Tuesday.
1. Jenni DeWitt (S) def. Kendra Bradley, 8-0.
2. Tess Marshall (S) def. Paige Taylor, 8-1.
3. Danielle Alhfield (S) def. Leighana Wynne, 8-2.
4. Emily Bowman (S) def. Sierra Wright, 8-2.
5. Brittney Bohannon (S) def. Keneasha Woods, 5-0, (retired).
6. Brittney Bard (S) def. Lanee May, 8-0.
1. Dewitt/Marshall (S) def. Bradley/Amanda Hodges, 8-1.
2. Bowman/Bohannon (S) def. Taylor/Wynne, 8-1.
3. Alhfield/Bard (S) def. Wright/Woods, 8-1.
1. Ellie Hensley (S) def. Candace Cobb, 6-0.
2. Megan Underhill (S) def. Alfea Crenshaw, 6-1.
3. Emily Pace (S) def. Janelle Hagerman, 6-0.
4. Caroline Murray (S) def. Allison Kimes, 6-2.
5. Taylor Allen (S) def. Hodges, 6-0.
1. Hensley/Underhill (S) def. Cobb/May, 6-1.
2. Murray/Allen (S) def. Crenshaw/Hagerman, 6-2.
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Sikeston boys soccer team opened the season with a strong effort against Jackson at the Notre Dame Tournament on Thursday.
Sikeston was edged 3-2 in overtime.
"For our first game, going into overtime against a big school like Jackson, we're pretty excited about that after losing six starters from last year," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long.
The Bulldogs scored first when Scott Gardner netted a shot from about 15 yards out. Gardner split three Jackson defenders, then deposited the left-
footed kick into the right corner off an assist from Chris Carnell at the 37-
Jackson's Chris Shelton knotted the score at 1-1 on a penalty kick with 52 minutes gone, then the Indians added another on Cameron Kelly's unassisted goal at the 58-minute mark for a 2-1 lead.
With about 12 minutes left in regulation, Sikeston's Carnell hit the game-
tying goal from about 25 yards out off an assist from Gardner.
In overtime with the scored tied at 2-2, Kelly scored the gamewinner for Jackson on a corner kick with an assist from Shelton at the 86-minute mark.
Although pleased with the competitive effort of his squad, Long couldn't help but wonder what could have been.
He said, "We had six shots from about five yards out in the first half that missed. We could have put them away in the first half, but we let them stick around and, in about six minutes, they scored two goals.
"We're going to build on this. It's a lot better than getting beaten badly and having to regroup."
Sikeston goalie Scott Droddy recorded 10 saves as the Bulldogs outshot Jackson 15-13.
Sikeston meets the winner of the Notre Dame/Marion, Ill., game at 3:30 p.m. today.
CAPE GIRARDEAU - The Kelly Lady Hawks improved to 2-1 on the season after they traveled to Cape Girardeau and handed the Lady Tigers of Cape Central a 3-1 loss.
Coach Rhonda Rutledge from Kelly liked what she saw from her defense and applauded their effort in the field.
"We made a lot of plays in the field to back up our pitcher and that was the difference in the game," said Rutledge.
The Lady Hawks fell behind after the Lady Tigers notched a run in the bottom of the second. Kelly would rally late in the contest as they would tally a run in each of the final three innings to seal the victory in seven innings.
Casey Kern pitched a complete game for Kelly allowing only two hits, gave up only one earned run, walked one and struckout three.
On offense, Brittany Ponder had two hits with a RBI. Katie Moore chipped in with a run scoring triple. Mindy Robert also tripled in the game and was driven home by a sacrifice fly from Jamie Jackson.
Kelly will look to continue the winning streak as they will participate in the Notre Dame Tournament today. At 3:30 p.m., the Lady Hawks will take on Ste. Genevieve. Kelly will turnaround and then play Poplar Bluff at 8:00 p.m. in the tournament tonight.
On Saturday, Kelly takes on St. Pius at Notre Dame High School at 12:30 p.m. to continue play in the tournament. At 3:00 p.m., pool play will begin to determine a champion.
ORAN - The Oran Lady Eagles volleyball team notched a victory at home against the Lady Blue Jays from Charleston.
Oran won the match in two sets from Charleston by scores of 25-10 and 25
Cassie Graviett and Courtney Nenninger led the Lady Eagles' attack. Graviett had seven kills and a hitting percentage of .266%. Nenninger served for three aces in the contest for Oran.
On the junior varsity side, Oran eclipsed Charleston in two sets by scores of 25-10 and 25-17.
Taylor Tenkhoff led the attack by serving for five aces.
Oran will be at Advance tonight with junior varsity action starting at 6 p.m.