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Tough start for Sissies; Bridgeport swept in season opener

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, August 14, 2013

It was a rough start for the Bridgeport Sissies in their season opener Monday at the Bridgeport Gymnasium.

OVER THE NET – Bridgeport’s Tylar Chapa slams down a kill during the Sissies’ season opener Monday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Sissies (0-1) fell to Burkburnett in three straight sets, 16-25, 13-25 and 13-25.

“It just goes to show how much work we have to do to get this team together as far as chemistry goes,” coach Rebekah Cummings said. “We are still working with slow starts, uncertainties and poor communication.”

The Sissies got off to a good start, leading 5-2 in the first game before Burkburnett rallied to tie the game at 7-7.

The Lady Bulldogs finished the opening set on an 18-9 run to go up one game in the match.

Burkburnett never trailed in the second set, taking advantage of numerous Bridgeport mistakes.

“We didn’t have a lot of unity out there,” Cummings said. “We had some people doing some good things, but we just didn’t have them doing it at the same time.

“We are going to have to trust each other and improve on our communication.”

Bridgeport took an early advantage in game three, but again couldn’t hold on as the Lady Bulldogs secured the match.

Leah Guinn had 14 digs, two kills and an ace. Tylar Chapa and Jessica White each had three kills. White also added three blocks.

Elaina Peyton handed out 12 assists and had three digs.

The Sissies will travel to the Mansfield Tournament this weekend, where they will face some bigger schools and stiff competition.

“It will be a good tournament for us,” Cummings said. “It will give us an idea of where we need to be.”

Bridgeport returns home Aug. 23 against Boyd.

Getting Up

GETTING UP – Bridgeport’s Jessica White slams the ball back across the net for the Sissies. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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