(Photo by Chris Pobst)
From that point on, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs have been on the right track continuing with a two-set win over the visiting Oran Eagles Tuesday, 25-18 and 25-19.
"We're moving in the right direction," Sikeston head coach Steve Beydler said. "Each game tonight, we had a little lull towards the end, but I wanted them to work through it and they did."
The Lady Bulldogs (7-9) were clicking against Oran as Trenice Greer kept pounding away at the opposing defense all while setting up teammates for kills of their own.
Kalli Williams produced nine aces and went on a serving frenzy where Sikeston scored on nine-straight Williams serves.
Lauren Beydler had 12 assists and Courtney Hewitt added seven kills.
"It was exactly what I wanted to see," Beydler said about Greer's performance. "She still got the opportunity to be a setter and still be able to drive a few home.
"There were a lot of girls in the mix tonight. A lot of them had opportunities to set because there were a lot of tips. Everyone got involved and made a contribution."
Greer, who possesses the most powerful hit by far on Sikeston's roster, used that to her advantage. She ended up with 12 kills and five assists, including seven kills in the second set alone.
"That girl can flat hit the ball," Oran head coach Paul Bucher said about Greer. "Sikeston's pretty good
Sikeston separated themselves from the Lady Eagles midway through the first set breaking a 7-7 tie. Williams, who had four kills, began her barrage of serving points to make it 7-7 and eventually helped her team take a 15-7 lead when she retired.
"I see her getting more and more confident," Beydler said about Williams. "She's hitting the ball more solidly than I've ever seen her hit."
A Hewitt kill made it 20-10, but an 8-2 run by Oran kept the visiting team's hopes alive. Kills by both Greer and Esther Chinwuko brought up game point, which has attained by an Oran error.
"In the first set, we battled pretty hard," Bucher said. "We had a couple things that gave some points away, but we come back on them. That was good to see."
Sikeston wasted little time commanding the second set, racing out to a 15-3 lead after a Williams kill.
Oran, though, had another late run in them, closing the set to just a seven-point deficit and then finally a 24-19 disadvantage.
Williams, however, finished the match off with a kill shortly after.
"What we've been working on is talking to each other and not getting down to the point to where they let it die," Beydler said. "There was lulls that let the other team back in it, but they were able to finish it off."
Helping in the assist category, Lauren Beydler led the Lady Bulldogs with 12.
"All in all, I'm happy to see four out of the last five matches go in the right direction," Beydler said. "The girls are really starting to put it together and hopefully we can start carrying these performances over."
Sikeston will be back in action Thursday against Dexter at the Bearcat Event Center in Dexter while Oran hosts Leopold on Thursday as well.