SPORTS HEADLINES

Opening games are mixed bag

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, August 18, 2012

DIGGING IT – Chico’s Alli York digs the ball during the Lady Dragons’ season-opening match against Bridgeport Tuesday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

New Bridgeport head volleyball coach Rebekah Cummings did not have long to reflect on her first victory as a head coach Tuesday afternoon.

After picking up her first win against Chico, the Sissies immediately dropped their next match to the Paradise Lady Panthers in a tri-match held at Paradise.

Bridgeport took care of Chico 25-9, 25-12, 23-25 and 25-19 in their first game. The Sissies then fell to Paradise 26-28, 25-17, 21-25 and 10-25.

SLAMMING START – Bridgeport senior Mariah Clayton hammers a ball at the Chico defense during the Sissies’ season-opening win Tuesday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“It was a good way to start and get some confidence,” Cummings said about the Chico match. “It was another building block, and we are still learning. I didn’t have long to think about it, [her first win]. I was just happy to see our girls really come together at the end.”

Bridgeport dominated the first two games of the match against the Lady Dragons before letting game three slip away.

The Sissies fell behind 5-3 in the fourth game before rallying to take the lead 12-11. Chico kept it close until Bridgeport pulled away 21-15 en route to the victory.

Cummings said the Sissies couldn’t sustain the same momentum in their next match against Paradise.

“Our energy level was different,” Cummings said. “They let the mental aspect of the game get them.”

The Sissies split two more games on Thursday in the first pool play at the Cooke County Classic Tournament.

Bridgeport dropped their first match of the day 17-25 and 14-25 to Lindsay, then defeated the Valley View JV 25-10 and 25-7.

Mariah Clayton led the Sissies in kills against Lindsay with six, and Tiffany Hawkins picked up eight assists. Jessica Mares had 14 digs.

Clayton also led in kills against the Valley View JV with nine. Sabrina Garza added five kills. Hawkins finished with 17 assists in the win, and Mares came up with 12 digs.

The Sissies will conclude the Cooke County Tournament Saturday before traveling to Boyd Tuesday.

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