MODESTO — A young Ripon squad battled Valley Oak League foe Kimball of Tracy toe-to-toe early Tuesday in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III girls water polo semifinal only for the Jaguars to score the final six goals for a 14-8 win at Johansen High School.
This was the third meeting between the two squads this year with the No. 2 Indians (14-8) winning both by one and two goals.
But it was experience that carried the day for the third-seeded Jaguars on Tuesday.
“Our girls were really nervous,” Ripon coach Erik Zador said, “It was their first game of this level and their inexperience is something it will take time to get over.
“They just got nervous and it consumed them.”
Molly Burton led the attack for the Indians with Lauren McGowan and Haven Fasani chipping in.
Tamalpais 3, Ripon Christian 0
MILL VALLEY – Fresh off a convincing sweep over Colfax for the Sac-Joaquin Division V championship on Saturday, the No. 13 Knights (25-11) were bumped up to Division IV and forced to take to the road Tuesday against the fifth-seeded Red Tailed Hawks (25-12) and lost 17-25, 13-25, 15-25.
The Falcons and Le Grand, Ripon Christian’s semifinal victim, were awarded Division V home games and both took advantage of the CIF’s generosity with wins on Tuesday.
Emily Van Groningen led the attack for the Knights with 12 kills and a block. Ariel Vander Woude (block) and Morgan Van Elderen each had eight assists and an ace and Natasha Smith made two kills.