Ripon Christian suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday in Stockton, and it wasn’t close.
Facing fellow parochial powerhouse St. Mary’s, the Knights struggled to keep up in a three-game sweep (17-25, 16-25, 20-25).
Ripon Christian head coach Tiger Shelton is well aware of how good St. Mary’s is having coached eight of the Rams on his club volleyball team.
“It was St. Mary’s first match of the season and they wanted to show everybody that they haven’t lost much,” Shelton said. “I think they’re a little bit stronger than last year. They took us out of the game right away.”
Standout Andie Shelton finished with limited to five kills and eight assists for Ripon Christian (3-1). Stephanie Van de Pol hammered six kills, Brittany Petlansky posted nine digs and Cassidy DeRousse and Teagan Manus each came up with three blocks.
Ripon Christian will look to get back on track next Tuesday, Sept. 11 against visiting Patterson.
Patterson next Tuesday Sept. 11
Franklin 3, Weston Ranch 1
The Cougars dropped to 0-3 but showed but took some positive steps for first-year coach Chris Bauer. Weston Ranch won the opening set 25-15 before losing the next three (18-25, 21-25, 24-26).
Melanie Amen swatted 11 kills, Aolini Etu had 19 assists, Niki Rayray picked up 15 digs and Alex Marapao recorded six aces.
“We played much better and are 100 times improved from our first match last week,” Bauer said. “We just have to put some little things together to make a difference.”
Edison 3, East Union 2
In Stockton, the Lancers (1-2) battled through another five-game marathon after coming back from a two-game deficit to down Downey last Thursday. This time, they split four competitive games (25-21, 23-25, 27-25, 23-25) before falling in the deciding fifth decisively (7-15).
“They have a pretty big front line,” EU coach Rich Posz said of Edison. “We had a hard time with their middles; they did a lot of tipping around our blocks.”
Alexis Steele led the Lancers with nine kills and three digs. Madison Hoffman chimed in with four kills, and Courtney Posz set nine assists.
Enochs 3, Manteca 1
In Modesto, the Buffaloes (1-3) were able to score a Game-1 victory (25-23) before Enochs completely took over (11-25, 11-25, 14-25).
Nicole Magnusson posted 13 digs and three aces, while Ashley Gase turned in 11 assists, three aces and two kills. Kijana Nichols led the attack with three kills.
“We played very well in the first game,” Manteca coach Tim Horning said. “Our passing was where we wanted it to be. We were running offense, running defense and capitalized on some errors from Enochs. But then Enochs just kind of kicked it up a gear.”
East Union 2, Edison 0
The Lancers disposed of Edison High with ease, stopping the Vikings in two games with a 25-6, 25-7 win.
Destiny Flores led the way for the Lancers with eight aces, while teammate Deja Guzman dished out a pair of aces and pulled out a team-high three digs, Edmi Lopez led the club with four kills.
East Union 2, Edison 0
The Lancers handled the Vikings in two games, beating Edison 25-9 and 25-8 Tuesday in non-league action.
Taylor Ward had a game-high nine aces, while teammate Mariah Jeffrey smashed home three kills.