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Early leads set tone for Lady Bulldogs

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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Sikeston's Monica Carter sends a volley across the net against Charleston on Monday evening. The Lady Bulldogs won the match in two sets.
(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
Sikeston wins 24-12, 25-10 on Monday evening

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CHARLESTON -- Jumping out to early leads in both sets Monday night, the visiting Sikeston Lady Bulldogs came away with their fourth win of the season, sweeping the Charleston Lady Bluejays 25-12, 25-10.

"Overall, a wins a win," Sikeston head coach Steve Beydler said. "It's a conference opponent and that always feels nice."

In the first set, the Lady Bluejays trailed by two at 6-4 early on before the Lady Bulldogs went on an 8-1 run.

At 24-12, Asia Liggins scored the winning point for Sikeston, when her spike from center court clipped the net before going over to clinch the set.

Keeping the momentum rolling, the Lady Bulldogs went a 11-1 run to start the second set.

With the score 24-10, Charleston's third volley on a return failed to cross the net allowing Sikeston to lock up the match.

Able to try some different serving techniques and plays, Beydler said the comfortable lead allowed his team to work on some for future matches.

"We tried to work on some stuff we don't ordinarily get an opportunity to work on," he said. "That in itself caused (the girls) to be a little out of sync sometimes. They were trying to push an offensive play here and there and some stuff they don't get to run very often."

Leading the Lady Bulldogs front court, Asia Liggins had nine kills on the contest while Trenice Greer had five kills and 12 assists.

Halley Loflin had a solid night serving, going 9-for-9 with three aces. As a team Sikeston had 11 aces on the match while also compiling nine serving errors.

For Charleston, Brandi Ketchum had two kills with Laura Patterson and Lenzi O'Connor chipping in four and two digs respectively.

Earlier in the night, the Lady Bulldogs junior varsity also brought home a win, beating the Lady Bluejays in two close sets 25-22, 25-19.

Next up, Sikeston (4-13-2) hosts Oran today at 6 p.m. Charleston will host Meadow Heights on Thursday.