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SHS defeats Puxico

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

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Sikeston's Quinn Kaiser returns a shot.
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs recovered from a lackadaisical second set to defeat the visiting Puxico Lady Indians in three sets (25-9, 22-25, 25

-9) on Tuesday night at the Field House

The Lady Bulldogs rolled through the first set but seemed to lose some focus in the second set.

"We have preached the importance of teamwork to the girls and in the second set they quit talking and stopped working as a team," said Sikeston head coach Steve Beydler. "If we play as a team and work the system good things are going to happen for this team. For whatever reason in that second set, we let up and we have to work on remaining focused throughout the match."

In the opening set, Sikeston raced out to a 17-5 on the strength of solid serving by senior Kiarra Morris and junior Caitlin Underwood.

Morris recorded eight service winners with two aces thrown in and Underwood notched five service winners in a set won easily by the Lady Bulldogs.

Quinn Kaiser led Sikeston with four kills in the first set, while Rachel Beydler had an all-around solid set with three service winners and three assists.

Puxico (4-5-1) rebounded in the second set and showed some life with good play at the service line.

"Puxico is a scrappy team that will not quit," said Beydler. "They have some girls over there that can flat out serve. We were struggling with two of their girls on the serve, as we had some formation problems in the second set."

The score was knotted at 22 when the Lady Indians reeled off three straight service winners to seal the set.

Emily Taylor had a good service game in the second set with five winners on serve and Beydler chipped in with four service winners for Sikeston.

Martika Davis continued her excellent play at the net for Sikeston and recorded four blocks and three kills in the set.

The Lady Bulldogs regrouped quickly at the start of the third set and raced out to a quick 8-1 lead and the set was never in doubt after the start of Sikeston.

Kaiser had a stellar third set with five service winners and kills. Taylor had seven service winners and Beydler was solid at her setter position with five assists in the set.

"Rachel finds a way to involve every on the court," said Beydler. "When she is playing well, Rachel touches every ball and she will usually find the hot player at the right time.

"It is unbelievable to watch Martika hit the ball. In that second set, Martika was just pounding the ball."

In the junior varsity match, Puxico defeated Sikeston in two sets 25-14 and 25-12.

Sikeston (5-3) travels to Poplar Bluff on Thursday with the junior varsity game set for 6 p.m.