The Bridgeport Sissies opened the season Tuesday with a split against Paradise and Celina.
The Sissies (1-1) beat Paradise in three games, 25-19, 25-15, 25-22. Bridgeport then had few answers for matching Celina’s formidable front line or strong serving, falling 25-12, 25-12, 25-20.
Becky Grinnell, one of the Sissies’ two seniors, said the young team is improving each time on the floor.
“We’ve worked really hard and are pulling together as a team,” Grinnell said. “The season is going to go well.”
After overmatching a young Paradise squad, the Sissies’ faced Celina’s front line led by Jordan Raulerson, Kenzie Newman and Danielle Lynn. Raulerson finished with nine kills. Newman added six and Lynn five. Newman recorded four blocks for kills.
Celina was even tougher at the service line. The Lady Bobcats recorded five aces with Raulerson netting three on her tough jumpserve. Celina servers forced 11 service-receive errors.
“They didn’t have a weak server,” said Bridgeport coach Lynn Larson. “They are a good, solid team. We improved from the first to the third game. It was kind of like baseball or softball. It took us one trip around to get used to the pace. Once we saw the pace, we played better.”
In game one, Lynn broke a tie at six with a kill to give Celina the lead for good. Celina ended the game on a 19-6 run.
The Sissies pulled within three in game two, 13-10, after Grinnell forced three straight Celina service-receive errors. Celina responded by scoring the game’s next eight points on the way to a 13-point win.
Celina took an 18-12 lead in game three before Bridgeport rallied to get within one, 18-17. Raulerson kept the Sissies from tying the game with a kill. Celina held on for the five-point win to take the match.
Grinnell finished with three kills and two digs in the match. Nikki Mowery and Madyson Hancock added two kills apiece. Jordyn Hulsey had five assists. Angelica Reyes made six digs.
Bridgeport took three straight from Paradise in their opening, non-district match of the season. Grinnell led the Sissies with five kills. Hancock added three. Mariah Clayton, Nikki Mowery and Sabrina Garza finished with two.
Defensively, Angelica Reyes led the way with nine digs. Kasey Wages had five.
Paradise was led by Makenna Burt with four kills and two blocks. Courtney Andrews had two kills.