PERRYVILLE -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs volleyball team traveled to Perryville Saturday to participate in the 10 team Perryville Volleyball Tournament.
Sikeston complied a 0-2-2 record in the tournament, but showed great improvement from the beginning of the season according to Lady Bulldog head coach Steve Beydler.
"I was extremely pleased with the way our girls progressed as the day went on, and this season for that matter," Beydler said.
Sikeston played four matches in the event. The Lady Bulldogs split matches with Arcadia Valley; 21-25, 27-25 and Saxony Lutheran 25-27, 25-17. Sikeston dropped matches to Perryville 25-12, 25-19; and Fredricktown; 25-22, 25-18.
The service game of Sikeston was almost impeccable, as they served 89 percent over the tournament. Leading servers included Mandy Moore (36-for-36, four aces), Vonteria Applewhite (17-for-18, four aces), and Kiara Blissett (13-for-13, one aces).
Other Lady Bulldog statistical leaders over the course of the tournament included Casey Palmer (39-for-42 in serve receive passing. 20 digs), Blissett (21-for-26 serve receive passing), Moore (21 assists), And Asia Liggins (11 kills).
Beydler feels personnel movement has sparked Sikeston's offense.
"We've toyed with the lineup a little bit," he said. "By the end of the day I thought we were playing very good defense. Both Perryville and Fredricktown are very good teams We are scoring consistently in the 20's in every set almost. Our girls have really improved and I really feel things are starting to look up for us."
The Lady Bulldogs will return to action Monday when they will travel to Bloomfield.
The Sikeston Bulldogs soccer team traveled to Carbondale Ill. this Saturday to play in the Carbondale Invitational.
The Bulldogs played matches against Marshall Co. Ky. and Saxony Lutheran.
Sikeston struggled against Marshall Co. as they found themselves down two goals in the first few minutes of the match. The Bulldogs lost that game 3-0.
Scoring remains to be an issue for Sikeston.
"Our biggest problem this year is scoring," Bulldogs head coach Derrick Long said.
Sikeston fared better in their second match against Saxony.
Sikeston struck first in the match when Hunter Williams scored off of a Mikey Botkin assist at the 12:00 minute mark.
Saxony scored before halftime to tie the match 1-1.
The second period was a defensive struggle for 30 minutes as neither team scored in that time. Both offenses heated up in the last 10 minutes but it was Saxony who came out on top scoring three goals to Sikeston's one in that time frame.
Sikeston's second goal was provided by Cody Anderson off an assist from Evan Underwood.
Long was pleased with the effort in the second game.
"Overall, I feel we played well in the second game against Saxony Lutheran," he said. "We were a little sluggish in the first game. We played Saxony earlier in the year and they really dominated us. To hold them 1-1 for 70 minutes shows that we are improving. We still just have a lot of trouble scoring. We switched some things up offensively by moving Cody Anderson up to foward. We are getting their we just have to keep building and working."
Junior Varsity also played Marshall Co. and Saxony Lutheran. J.V. lost 3-0 to Marshall Co. while tying Saxony Lutheran 0-0.
The Bulldogs will be back in action Tuesday with a home match against Poplar Bluff that will begin at 5 p.m.