(Photo by Chris Pobst, Staff)
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs volleyball team picked up their first SEMO Conference win on Monday night at the Sikeston Field House over the Charleston Lady Bluejays.
Sikeston won the match in two sets, 25-9 and 25-10.
"I told the girls early on that we have to play a game within a game," Sikeston coach Steve Beydler said. "We had to continue to play, even though the score was somewhat lopsided. We had a couple of lazy moments where a couple of balls fell, but a win is a win."
Sikeston took control early in both sets.
During the first, The Lady Bulldogs rushed out to an 8-4 lead. That 4-point lead quickly grew to a 16-point lead (20-4).
Charleston, who was been battling the injury bug as of late, fell 25-9 to go down 1-0.
"We've had a few injuries that we're battling," Charleston coach Angela Kimble said. "You put those injuries on top of digging yourself a deep hole early and you've got your hands full. It's hard to dig out of holes like that."
Keeping with their theme of jumping out early, Sikeston opened the second set with a 7-1 advantage. It then sprang to a 15-4 lead and finally a 25-10 win.
Charleston's biggest problems turned out to be themselves. Sikeston totaled just 14 kills in the two sets. The rest of Sikeston's points came on Charleston errors.
"After you put yourself down like that, it's too late," Kimble said.
Asia Liggins and Quesha Howard each had five kills. Trenice Greer added 10 assists. As a team, Sikeston had 13 aces.
Sikeston travels to Oran today to take on the Lady Eagles in their second conference matchup. Charleston will take on Meadow Heights on Thursday.