VOLLEYBALL: Freshmen lead Port Charlotte in first win

By Chuck Ballaro, Sun Correspondent

PORT CHARLOTTE — Kiersten Tisdale and Zoe Burkhart are freshmen in name only.

With their parents also serving as coaches, they’ve had a lot of time to learn and develop skills under their tutelage.
Seven years, in fact.

On Wednesday, the duo proved they didn’t make the Port Charlotte volleyball team because of their parents as they helped the Pirates to their first victory of the season, a sweep of Cape Coral 25-18, 25-13 and 25-13 in a District 6A-10 contest at the Pirate Cove.

Tisdale, the daughter of assistant Matt Tisdale, led the Pirates with four aces, six kills and six digs, while Burkhart, daughter of head coach Christine Burkhart, added three aces and a team-leading eight digs.

Port Charlotte (1-4, 1-1) led from wire to wire in the first game, though it didn’t make it easy on itself as the Seahawks (1-2, 0-1) cut an 11-point deficit to three before Tisdale served a short run that sealed the win.

Tisdale’s serve was again the focal point in Game 2 as the Pirates blew open the game with a 14-3 run, then cruised in the final game, never trailing.

Coach Burkhart said the first win was gratifying, but far from perfect.

“I’m glad we won, but we still have a lot of things to work on. We missed three game points in the second set we didn’t finish,” Christine said. “We need to do better executing our kills and running the offense.”

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