(Photos by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- The Oran Lady Eagles picked up a conference win against the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs on Tuesday at the Sikeston Field House in two sets, 25-23 and 25-17.
Sikeston's head coach Steve Beydler stressed after the game that errors was the big reason for the loss.
The Lady Eagles on the other hand, was very pleased with the win against the conference foe.
"This is a big win for us," Oran head coach Sara Heisserer said. "They came out and played hard. They overcame some team issues and they just came out and finished. I was very pleased with them."
During the first set, Oran built up a 24-18 lead and only needed one more point to claim the set. Sikeston mounted a comeback though and scored five straight points to make it a one point game.
On the next serve Oran's Taylor Tenkhoff received the ball and sent it over the net for the kill and gave the Lady Eagles the set.
"Taylor Tenkhoff really stepped up tonight," Heisserer said. "She really stepped up and became a leader. We had to throw some girls in there that had never played with the varsity and she was out there telling them where to go and helping them figure things out."
It was back-and-forth between the two teams throughout most of the match. The biggest lead difference was the second sets final score, 25-17. Oran seemed to have an answer for almost every Sikeston run, which is something that Heisserer said they have had trouble with this season.
"That's something we've struggled with," Heisserer said. "Maintaining a lead or even coming from behind and trying to catch up. It's kind of like when one thing goes wrong we shut down sometimes."
Tenkhoff ended the game with three kills, three digs, one ace and one block. Taylor Irwin had a nice serving game with six aces which was a big reason why Oran was able to gain a slight lead in each set.
Megan Cook had five digs while Jessica Webb and Amanda Young each had three digs. Oran had a total of 17 digs and 11 aces.
Sikeston was led by Tyanne Townsend with five kills while Asia Liggins had four kills and two aces. Casey Palmer chipped in with two aces.