GUSTINE — A shaky start was followed by a dominant finish for Ripon Christian’s volleyball team on Wednesday.
The Southern League co-leader dropped the opening set 25-27 but raised its level the rest of the way, 25-9, 25-9, 25-3. The Knights (11-1, 16-6 overall) have their regular-season home finale next Tuesday against Delhi.
Morgan Van Elderen was stellar all-around in her limited time, racking up nine kills, five blocks and five aces. Emily Van Groningen drilled 12 kills to go with four blocks. Natasha Smith pitched in six kills, and Faith Ozenbaugh posted three kills and four blocks.
Kimball 16, Sierra 12 (B)
Zach Van Zwaluwenburg accounted for 11 of the Timberwolves’ goals, with Ben Suppinger scoring the other.
It was a far more competitive match than the first time these two met, a 15-3 blowout favoring Kimball. In the rematch, Sierra (0-6 Valley Oak League, 1-8 overall) trailed 10-5 at halftime but closed it to 10-9 with 2:43 left in the third period.
“The guys battled,” Sierra coach Dave Breitenbucher said. “Their level of play has gotten much better.”
Kimball 24, Sierra 2 (G)
The Timberwolves (0-6, 1-8) were down three players, including leading scorer Molly Fadeff. Genavieve Gaines scored both goals.
Sierra hosts its final two matches of the season next week, first against Oakdale on Monday and then Ripon on Wednesday, Oct. 24.
“The goal for both teams is to be better than we were the first time through,” Breitenbucher said.
Ripon Christian 2, Gustine 0
GUSTINE — The Knights swept 28-18, 25-21 to improve to 11-1 in league, 15-5 overall.
Avery McMurray hammered a team-high nine kills, Emma De Bruyn contributed three kills and four aces, and Jenna Hofman set 17 assists.