(Photos by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs volleyball team was defeated by Saxony Lutheran on Wednesday night in two straight games, 25-12 and 25-9.
The Lady Bulldogs started both games by grabbing the first points, but inexperience and an abundance of errors is what Sikeston head coach Steve Beydler said cost them their chance of a win.
"We're inexperienced at the varsity level," Beydler said. "That's basically what it amounts to. Errors were the difference in this game. You say that in every game, but in this one the tremendous amount of errors just kind of compounded."
"Just looking at the errors, if just half of those are taken back then both games would have been tied."
The biggest lead that Sikeston had in the two games was when they scored the first two points of game one. After that, Saxony Lutheran got rolling with big scoring runs that the Lady Bulldogs just could not overcome.
"Those players on the other team have been playing together for awhile," Beydler said about Saxony Lutheran. "And they've been working hard. Not that my girls haven't been working hard, but we're having trouble handling serve receives and we're having trouble finding someone to terminate the ball."
A positive thing that Beydler did see was the play of Tyanne Townsend. She had 14 serve receives in both games and committed only one error.
"Tyanne Townsend has done an admirable job in both of our matches that we've played this year," Beydler said. "On the back row she had a lot saves, she had a lot of digs and her serve receives were pretty much on the money so the setter could at least try to do something with it."
Vonteria Applewhite and Keyarra Blissett both led the Lady Bulldogs with two kills. Blissett and Casey Palmer also had two digs a piece. Mandy Moore added five assists and one kill.
Next up for Sikeston (0-2) will be the BA volleyball tournament at the Show-Me Center recreational center which starts on Friday.
"Its a huge tournament," Beydler said. "We get a lot of play in a short period of time. We play Bell City first off. They are young but they're always good."
"We going to work on our serving," he added. "We need to work on our serve receives and our termination of the ball. This is only the second match out of a 30 plus match season so we still have a lot of time."