(Photos by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Consistency was what both coaches were looking for in the Sikeston-Jackson volleyball match on Tuesday night at the Sikeston Field House.
The Lady Indians found it. Sikeston did not.
"We have to learn how to put together one consistent match," Sikeston head coach Steve Beydler said. "And we're unable, at this time, to do that. That's what it amounts to. We have moments where we look fantastic and then we have moments where we look like we don't have much of a clue. The consistency for an entire match is just not there right now. I know they're capable of doing it."
Sikeston jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the second set with Keyarra Blissett responsible for two of those points with two kills. But, soon after that Jackson started gaining momentum and eventually took the lead after tying the game at eight.
"Consistency is what I was asking of them tonight," Jackson head coach Maile Gannon said. "And I thought we played pretty consistent. It's always hard to come down here and play in, what we call, 'the dome'. The ball tends to float a little bit more and it's just a different atmosphere all together."
Beydler credited the Lady Bulldogs success in the second set to communication on the court.
"They were talking," he said. "It's easy to play well when you feel good and your ahead. You have to be able to do that when something goes wrong. You have to be able to pull it together and maintain. They struggled with that tonight.
Jackson was led by Jill Rushin with eight kills and eight blocks. Rachel Meyr had 15 assists. MaryAnn Bradshaw added seven kills.
Blissett led the Lady Bulldogs with three kills and six digs while Tyanne Townsend chipped in with three herself. Mandy Moore had eight assists and Madeline Davis had two blocks.