(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Despite a disappointing start to Thursday's contest against Scott City, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs held strong and were able to put Tuesday's loss to Jackson firmly in the rearview.
Fighting back from a first set loss, the Lady Bulldogs pulled out early leads before taking each of the final two games in a 12-25, 25-19, 25-20 win.
"Tuesday night was a big letdown," Sikeston head coach Steve Beydler said. "We worked on some things and had a discussion after the game the other night and at the beginning of practice yesterday.
"We settled in one some things we needed to do to fix a few things and really got the mid-set turned around. The girls came out tonight with a lot of heart and lot of determination."
Rebounding from a 17-5 Scott City run that sealed the first set, Sikeston came out after the break and opened up the match's second game on a 10-4 run.
The Lady Rams were able to close back to within two points of the Lady Bulldogs, at 17-15, but another five-point run put Sikeston firmly in control.
Using their final timeout of the game while down 22-16, Scott City made one last push on a 4-1 run before a Courtney Hewitt kill put the Lady Bulldogs at set-point.
One final missed kill by the Lady Rams forced a third and final set.
After watching Scott City hang within two points through the early part of the set, Sikeston got a little separation when Lauren Beydler served up three aces as part of a four-point Lady Bulldogs run that put them ahead 16-11.
The Lady Rams regrouped to tie things up at 18-18, forcing Sikeston to burn its final timeout of the game to spark a match-winning run.
Coming out of the break the Lady Bulldogs retook the lead on an errant Scott City serves before back-to-back aces from Trenice Greer made it 21-18.
A 3-2 Lady Bulldogs run, that included a kill from Esther Chinwuko, set up game point and on final volley out of bounds by Scott City sealed a Sikeston win.
"I'm not saying we took them lightly, but it took us awhile to kind of get in sync," Beydler said. "Once we did, I have to give it to my players. They did not give up. They dug in and fought back. I couldn't be happier with them right now."
Leading Sikeston's effort, Greer had a team-high eight kills on the night to go along with 11 assists and three aces. Lauren Beydler's 13 assists was tops on the squad while she also contributed three aces and two kills.
Other contributors include Chinwuko with four kills and a pair of aces and Hewitt, who finished with seven kills.
For Scott City, Abbie McAlister had seven kills and three aces while Natalie Woods added four kills and two aces to the Lady Rams' cause. Hailey Clayton had six kills and Aimee Lathum finished with two aces.
"We looked good in the first game," Scott City head coach Steven Hendricks said. "We didn't have a lot of errors in that set, then in the second and third games we had a lot of errors and didn't do very well."
Now at 5-10, Sikeston will travel to Charleston on Monday to play the Lady Bluejays at 6 p.m. Also on Monday, Scott City will host Leopold at 6 p.m.