(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Despite losing their first set by two points and doing so with eight, self-inflicted errors, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs pulled out a three-set win on Tuesday night against the Puxico Lady Indians, 23-25, 25-22 and 25-13.
The Lady Bulldogs had eight service errors in the first set where each team had trouble pulling away. It stayed a one-point game until Sikeston took a 12-10 lead. The Lady Bulldogs would eventually pull away 20-16 late in the set, but was unable to hold on.
Puxico charged back with seven-straight to take a 23-20 advantage and eventually the game.
"When you lose 23-25 and have eight serving errors, that's not good," said Beydler.
Sikeston came back in the second set, however, after being down 20-18 late. Errors from both teams led to a 23-22 Sikeston lead but two points created by Sikeston's Vonteria Applewhite ended the set and gave the Lady Bulldogs new life.
That momentum carried the home team to a resounding 25-13 win in the third set limiting their service errors to just one in the last set.
"I told them, to win this game your going to have to have one or less," Beydler said. "And they had one.
"(Puxico) is a really good serve receive team. Regardless of where we were putting it, they were getting it back up and was able to do something with it."
The strong and spread out play of Applewhite, Asia Liggins, Quesha Howard and Jalen Peet around the net led to the Lady Bulldogs' wins. Applewhite, Liggins and Peet each ended the night with eight kills apiece while Howard finished with seven. Setting up her teammates, Trenice Greer had 18 assists.
"When you can lose the first game, come back and win the second and then take the third like we did, I feel like they're starting to get over that hill a little bit," Beydler said. "Our M.O. has been we take a little lead and then we're tied and all of a sudden we're behind, then we lose it. Now, we had a couple of matches we split where we easily could have just lost two.
"All in all, I'm really pleased with how they played tonight."
Sikeston began a tough week on Tuesday night with what will follow with two road games against Cape Central tonight and then Poplar Bluff on Thursday.