Now in her second year as head coach of the Bridgeport Sissies, Rebekah Cummings is starting to see her philosophies take shape.
Bridgeport began workouts Monday with only one starter returning from last year’s squad, but Cummings is excited about the experience returning.
“We look a lot better than this time last year,” Cummings said. “The kids have worked hard in the offseason, and it’s showing right now. We’ve got a higher foundation to build on than we did at this point last season.”
The Sissies had 38 girls report on the first day of workouts, including six seniors and 15 freshmen.
Cummings said those last remaining varsity spots will go down to the wire.
“A lot of the girls think that I’ve made my mind up, but I haven’t,” she said. “It’s going to come down to that final session to see who is consistently producing.”
Bridgeport has worked on improving their defense in the offseason, and that will be their strength heading into 2013 as they try to compensate for their lack of height.
“We’re not tall,” Cummings said. “We are going to walk out on the court, and that is the first thing people are going to see.
“I’m replacing two middle-blockers and a senior setter, so we are having to put underclassmen in those positions. It’s going to take some time to adjust.”
With a lot of new faces in new positions, Cummings hopes to see the team start coming together these first few weeks.
“I just want to build some team chemistry and hopefully build on that,” Cummings said.