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Sissies begin new year

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014

In her first two seasons at Bridgeport, Rebekah Cummings had large senior classes to work with.

As she starts her third season with the Sissies, she’ll be counting on young players to fill several key roles.

“It’s a little different. There’s usually a big senior class,” Cummings explained. “This year, we’ll have a lot of young kiddos in key positions. But they are willing to work and find roles on this team.”

The Sissies do bring back three players to help bridge the gap from last year’s squad.

Jessica White is back at middle blocker.

“She started last year and is looking more confident and quicker,” Cummings said.

Junior Kensley Turner will be one of the Sissies’ leading hitters.

“She’s grown a lot in her maturity,” Cummings said. “She’s confident and looking to lead.”

Ryhan Read returns as a defensive specialist.

The Sissies will open workouts Monday looking for a setter to lead their attack. Cummings said she wants to try some different lineup combinations.

“I’m looking at it as glass half-full and that this gives us a lots of opportunities to do things outside the box,” Cummings said. “We’ll try some setups that are more creative. We have a well-rounded group of girls. We’ll just have to step out of our comfort zone.”

Defensively, Cummings expects Mariah Leyva to move up from the junior varsity and take over the libero spot.

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