SIKESTON -- Overcoming a 25-16 loss in the first set to Sikeston Tuesday night, the visiting Advance Lady Hornets regrouped to take the final two sets in the Lady Bulldogs final home game of the regular season.
Holding off a late rally in the second game to beat the Lady Bulldogs 25-21, Advance dominated the second half of the third set to secure the match with a 25-14 win.
"I thought we played great the first game," Sikeston's Mary Eifert said. "We had great intensity and we were aggressive putting the ball down and blocking. Everything was coming together.
"We just lost that momentum the second and third game. We dug ourselves a hole and couldn't get back out of it out."
Honoring seniors Eifert, Vonteria Applewhite and Halley Loflin before the game, the Lady Bulldogs rode the emotions of senior night to a commanding first set win.
With the frontcourt coming up with big blocks and plenty of kills, Sikeston came in to mid-set holding a two-point lead over Advance at 13-11.
From that point on, the Lady Bulldogs took over thanks in large part to a seven-point rally that kept the Lady Hornets out of striking distance late.
"They were all fired up for senior night," Sikeston coach Steve Beydler said. "Usually it's a pretty emotional time and instead of being all teary and emotional these girls were pretty much fired up and I liked it."
"It's easy to coach that way and fun."
Tying things up in the second set, the Lady Hornets held off a late Sikeston push when, after trailing by four, the Lady Bulldogs closed the gap to 21-20.
Keeping their composure however, Advance only allowed Sikeston another point before taking the match with the final two-points coming off a bad serve by the Lady Bulldogs and by a kill from Aimie Simmers to lock up the win.
Sealing the win, Advance went on a 13-4 run after holding a 2-point lead, sealing the win with a Liza Gray kill from the left-side of the net.
"We should have kept the same attitude (as early on)," Applewhite said. "We shouldn't have ever gave up. We played like we were scared. Everybody was nervous."
With 10 kills and five blocks, Asia Liggins led Sikeston's front court attack while Applewhite contributed four kills and a block of her own.
Other notable Lady Bulldogs include Trenice Greer with 17 assists, two blocks and an ace and Quesha Howard who had two kills and three aces.
Earlier in the evening it was Advance also coming away with a win in the two teams junior varsity match up.
After Advance and Sikeston split the first two sets 25-23 and 25-14 respectively the Lady Hornets held off a late surge by the Lady Bulldogs to take the match.
Holding off a late 9-2 rally by Sikeston thanks to a solid 13-point at the time Advance was able to hold on to take the match with a 25-18 win.
Looking to end the regular season on a high note, the Lady Bulldogs (11-16-2) will travel to New Madrid County Central to take on the Lady Eagles Thursday at 6 p.m. in their final match before districts begin Monday.