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Sikeston volleyball beats Chaffee

Friday, October 7, 2005

Sikestn's Quinn Kaiser spikes the ball.
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs romped to a two-set win over Chaffee on Thursday at the Sikeston Field House.

Sikeston won the first game 25-11 and the second 25-5.

"This is one of those times where you get a chance to let some people get in and do some things that they normally don't get to do in a match," said Sikeston coach Steve Beydler. "It gives us an opportunity to see what they can do in different positions."

Lady Bulldogs Quinn Kaiser and Martika Davis controlled the front row with eight kills each. Setter Rachel Beydler led in assists with eight and digs with 11. Kiarra Morris had six digs.

Emily Taylor topped the service point statistics with 19 points, including six aces. Khassie Patterson scored 11 points with four aces.

The victory improved Sikeston's record to 9-12 and recent play has coach Beydler optimistic about the future.

"We are slowly coming together as a team," he said. "We are playing together better as a team. With a game next week and the SEMO Conference Tournament coming up, I feel like we're right on the verge. I think we have a real good shot in the tournament and I feel pretty good about the way things are going to end up this season."

Sikeston's junior varsity also dominated the Lady Red Devils, winning in straight sets, 25-2 and 25-8.

Destinee Walker and Alli Harper led the JV in service points with 16 and 15, respectively. Harper had four aces. Keyarra Blissett had four kills, Jeneesha Tate one. Walker was also the dig leader with four, followed by Blissett and Casey Palmer with three apiece.

Sikeston travels to Cape Girardeau Notre Dame on Wednesday. The SEMO Conference Tournament tips off on Saturday, Oct. 15.

SIKESTON -- Top-seed Jenni DeWitt of Sikeston High School continued her season-long assault with an 18th consecutive victory without defeat while rolling to the Class 1, District 2 singles title on Thursday.

DeWitt advances to the state tournament to be held at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield on Thursday, Oct. 20. Singles runner-up Kara True of Charleston also advances to the state tourney.

DeWitt defeated No. 2 seed True 6-3, 6-2 for the district crown.

"Jenni played well all day," said Sikeston coach Lynne DeWitt.

On the road to the title, DeWitt blanked Susan Shetley of Kennett 6-0, 6-0, then defeated Potosi's Kristina Brown 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinal and Dexter's Molly Jarrell 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinal.

Jarrell defeated North County's Ann Poston 6-3, 6-3 for third place.

True, who also drew a first-round bye, defeated Claire Burleson of Dexter 6

-0, 6-1, Brook Burcham of Kennett 6-0, 6-3 and Poston 6-0, 6-4 to reach the final.

Tess Marshall, the other Sikeston singles participant, fell to Poston, 6-0, 6-0, in her opening match.

The top two doubles teams, Fredericktown's Courtney Kemp and Jodi Cooper, the winners, and Kennett's Suzanne Carter and Katie Potts, the runners-up, also advanced to the state tournament.

The two Sikeston doubles teams of Emily Bowman and Danielle Ahlfield and Brittany Bard and Megan Underhill were eliminated in their opening matches.

Charleston's doubles team of Jade Schweiger and Lindsey Burke won their opening round match 6-0, 6-0 against Potosi, but then fell to Kennett, 6-0, 6-0.

In a new wrinkle -- used for the first time this season -- there is a different format for determining team representation at state.

The top four teams, determined by a point system, in each of eight districts advance to a Team District Tournament to be hosted by a designated district school on Tuesday.

In the previous system, the top two teams in each district advanced directly to the sectional round.

In the case of Class 1, District 2, the four teams to advance are: 1. Kennett, 2. Dexter, 3. Charleston and 4. Fredericktown.

These teams will compete in both singles and doubles competition with Kennett vs. Fredericktown and Dexter vs. Charleston at the home of the District 1 winner.

The Team District winners then advance to the sectional semifinals and finals held on Saturday, Oct. 15. The sectional winners then advance to the state semifinals and finals on Oct. 20.