POPLAR BLUFF (SMNS) -- Poplar Bluff scored the first 10 points of the match Thursday night and needed a nine-point run in the second game to beat Sikeston 25-16, 25-21.
"We ended up spotting them 10 points to start the match," Sikeston head coach Steve Beydler said. "But, to their credit, they actually dug in. After the first set and in the second, they played much better and were really aggressive. Overall, I'm extremely pleased with they way we played tonight.
"They did a great job of coming back."
Sikeston never got closer than nine in the first game but opened the second with three straight points. The Lady Bulldogs led by as many as four and pushed their advantage to 13-9 following a kill by Trenice Greer and a missed set by Poplar Bluff. Hitting errors, however, helped start Poplar Bluff's comeback.
Brooke Davis served up nine straight points for the Lady Mules before Asia Liggins ended the rally with a kill at 19-14.
Quesha Howard's drive off a block pulled Sikeston within three but the following serve landed long and the Lady Bulldogs never got closer than four the rest of the way. A kill by Greer and an ace by Howard helped avoid match point.
Greer ended up leading the Lady Bulldogs with seven kills while Liggins and Howard added five and three respectively. Monica Carter led in serves with 7-of-8 and two aces.