Down 2 sets, Ripon bat­tles back to beat EU

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports - By DAVE CAMP­BELL

The Ripon vol­ley­ball team sure knows how to make it in­ter­est­ing.

Af­ter drop­ping the first two sets Wed­nes­day night and trail­ing 15-9 in the third to host East Union, the In­di­ans rode the hot hand of Mia Van Lewen and the pin­point serv­ing of Brooke Kaiser to come back and claim a thrilling 24-26, 25-27, 27-25, 25-20, 15-11 win at Dal­ben Cen­ter.

“They fi­nally de­cided that they wanted to come out and play,” Ripon coach Tay­lor White said of her team’s third-set comeback. “They de­cided they wanted to end their three-game los­ing streak and their com­mu­ni­ca­tion picked up. They are big on en­ergy.

“Two of those losses were in five sets, so this was huge for us — espe­cially since we start league Tues­day against Hil­mar.”

Van Lewen racked up 15 aces and 17 digs with an ace and she ham­mered home the match-win­ning kill to cap a 4-0 run to end the last set.

“It is re­ally nerve-rack­ing to go up for that last point,” Van Lewen said. “But it is great that the team has con­fi­dence in me for that shot.”

Kaiser planted six aces to go along with 13 digs and 10 kills.

“Serv­ing has al­ways been my thing,” Kaiser said. “I have jump served ever since I can re­mem­ber.”

Rachel Sausedo handed out 36 as­sists and made 11 digs for the In­di­ans (3-3) and Deven Stokes had 17 digs.

The wind went out of the sails for the Lancers (3-3) late the third set, watch­ing their 19-15 lead evap­o­rate to 24-23 when they came up short on a rally. Syd­ney Thoma­son (four kills, three blocks, three aces) gave Ripon the 27-25 with a big block for the fi­nal point.

“The girls fought hard the first two games and got the wins,” East Union coach Chelsea Her­rera said. “And they got up a lot of points in the third game and then they let up a bit along with some calls be­ing made that we were not ex­pect­ing. They turned out to be game

chang­ers and re­ally af­fected our rhythm.

“At the end, Ripon was vic­to­ri­ous be­cause they kept fight­ing and they were ag­gres­sive and we had holes in our de­fense which we will def­i­nitely plug. I am pleased with our progress, and com­pared to last year they are play­ing more as a group and they gel to­gether. They are a co­he­sive team.”

Sa­van­nah Le­barre ham­mered home a whop­ping 20 kills to go along with six aces for the Lancers. Le­barre got two of the Lancers’ fi­nal three points via kills in the first and sec­ond sets.

East Union’s Kiana Day had nine kills, two blocks, four aces and eight digs, and kept the Lancers alive in the first set when they were trail­ing at match point, 24-23. It ap­peared as if the In­di­ans were go­ing to take the set when Day chased down a ball and on the third hit re­verse bumped into and over the net from the back row, ty­ing the score at 24-24.

Miekayla Surnip had 13 kills and five aces for the East Union. Jai­dyn Valencia had nine digs, three kills and three blocks and Alexus Surnip tal­lied 36 as­sists with four kills and three aces.

Man­teca 3, Tokay 0

The Buf­faloes (7-1) con­tin­ued their roll head­ing into Val­ley Oak League play, sweep­ing vis­it­ing Tokay 25-15, 25-16, 25-14 on Wed­nes­day.

Kait­lyn Moren­zone ac­cu­mu­lated 17 as­sists, 19 digs and 20 ser­vice points along with five kills. Kacy Bold­ing had seven kills, 13 as­sists and 12 digs. Pay­ton Reis (nine kills, two blocks) and Kaylee MacDan­nald (five kills, four blocks) also made their pres­ence felt at the net.

Fresh­man Abbey Kadil­lak racked up 36 digs, 10 ser­vice points and two aces. Olga Perez con­trib­uted 10 points.

Man­teca hosts Bear Creek tonight be­fore be­gin­ning VOL ac­tion next Tues­day against Oak­dale.

We­ston Ranch 3, Stagg 2

At Stagg, We­ston Ranch (5-1) pre­vailed in a see-saw af­fair, 24-26, 25-14, 23-25, 25-22, 15-12.

Ashanti Boat­man helped key the thrilling vic­tory with her play at the net, fin­ish­ing with three blocks.

“Stagg has a re­ally good mid­dle, and Ashanti did a great job at the net go­ing toe- to-toe with her.”

Ju­liana Las­siter con­trib­uted with nine kills and three aces.

Ju­nior Var­sity Ripon 2, East Union 0

Is­abella Price has three aces, three digs and two kills for the Lancers in a 19-25, 22-25 loss.

Emma Valdez and Amalia Lopez had five digs each for East Union. Danielle James added three as­sists, Ale­jan­dra Ro­driguez had two as­sists and a kill, Ni­cole Blair had two kills and Leilani Vilo­ria added a block and a kill.

Man­teca 2 Tokay 0

The Buf­faloes (3-1) cruised to a 25-15, 25-14 win be­hind Syd­ney Navarro’s seven kills, six as­sists and seven ser­vice points.

Ari Chan­dlers chipped in eight as­sists and two kills. Kyaira Ja­cobs recorded 10 ser­vice points and five digs.

Fresh­man Ripon 2, East Union 0

Je­nessa Godoy tal­lied three kills and two aces for the Lancers in a 11-25, 22-25 loss.

El­iz­a­beth Lopez added five aces with Alyssa Clapp, Tay­lor Theiss and Ca­t­rina Keith each get­ting an ace.

GARY JENSEN/ GreatShots.

Ripon’s Syd­ney Thoma­son (12) hits the ball past East Union’s Alexus Surnip (00).


LEFT PHOTO: East Union’s Alexus Surnip (00) tips the ball over Ripon’s Jor­dynn Rus­sell as Baylee Spencer (11) comes in to back up the play. RIGHT PHOTO: Ripon’s Alyssa Bar­ios (6) hits into the de­fense of East Union’s Jai­dyn Valencia (9).

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