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Knights spike Delhi to continue SL dominance
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Brittany Petlansky huddles with the rest of her Ripon Christian teammates before the start of the second game against visiting Delhi Thursday. - photo by HIME ROMERO

RIPON — The Knights methodically took care of business Thursday against visiting Delhi.

The Ripon Christian High varsity volleyball squad not only led from start to finish in all three games of the Southern League match, but did so with the reserves getting into the act.

“They came in and raised the level of play,” said Knights coach Tiger Shelton, who played his entire bench.

He added, “They deserved to play – they work just as hard in practice.”

Led by Morgan Alger, Andie Shelton, Kaylie Colyn, and Brittany Petlansky, RC regulars did most of the damage early on.

The Knights, as a result, won rather handily, 25-7, 25-4, 25-6.

Alger had six of her game-high nine kills in the opening game. Shelton had five service aces to go along with her 20 assists. Colyn came through with six digs and Petlansky finished with seven kills and three aces.

Petlansky delivered on eight straight points in that opening game, stymieing Delhi (1-3) with her variety of knuckleball-type serves. She opened with a pair of aces and Alger added some of the finishing touches with her outside hitting.

Ahead 18-4, Ripon Christian (5-0, 12-3) added to its already sizeable lead thanks to a pair of aces served up by sophomore Teagan Manus.

Stephanie Vande Pol along with Alger closed out the door on the Hawks by serving up aces. Petlansky’s spike scored the game-winner.

The Knights jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the second game, with Vande Pol registering a pair of blocks and Shelton serving up two aces.

Colyn also got into the act, thwarting Delhi from the service line.

In all three games, the Hawks experienced tough moments trying to set up their offense off the RC serves.

The Knights extended their lead at one point, 16-3, keeping Delhi to a single point from that point during the decisive third game.

RC bolted out to a 12-0, going with a lineup consisting mostly of reserves doing a bulk of the damage.

At one point, the Knights led 18-1.

Ripon Christian will travel to Gustine for one more tune-up match on Tuesday. The Knights will then host Mariposa later in the week for the Southern League showdown.

“Mariposa is again the team to beat in our league,” Tiger Shelton said.