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Ripon Christian thumps Gustine
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Ripon Christians Megan Bos slugs a spike past Gustine blocker Gianna Azevedo as the Knights won 3-0 at their old gym Thursday night. - photo by GARY JENSEN/

RIPON — Ripon Christian went old school for Throwback Thursday.

The Knights played at the school’s old gym and swept past Gustine 25-14, 25-12, 25-15. They remain two matches back of Orestimba, which edged Mariposa in five to keep its lead atop the Southern Athletic League standings.

“The energy was great, and the girls were poised,” Ripon Christian coach Jocelyn Benziger said.

Outside hitter Paige Vos led the charge with 13 kills and seven digs. Bethany Silveira picked up 11 digs and served six aces. Setter Taylor Alger distributed 29 assists.

Renae Heida and Makenzie Miller each added four kills to the attack. Megan Bos swatted three kills. She and Lauren Braga served four aces apiece.

Ripon Christian (4-2 SAL, 5-11 overall) will look to keep it rolling next week with road matches at Waterford and Delhi. The Knights also face Trans-Valley League contender Escalon next Tuesday for a nonleague contest.

Trans-Valley League

Ripon 3, Mountain House 1

MOUNTAIN HOUSE — The host Mustangs (1-4, 4-10 overall) landed the first blow, but Ripon (3-2, 5-8) found its groove to win, 21-25, 25-18, 25-17, 25-22.

Mia Van Lewen spearheaded the Indians with 11 kills and three aces. Deven Stokes collected 21 digs, and Taylor Werner had five blocks.

Ripon ends the first half of TVL play next Tuesday against much-improved Hughson (4-1, 13-4), which is coming off a five-game win over Escalon.