RIPON — The Indians are still in search of their first win.
They were swept Tuesday by visiting Riverbank, 9-25, 18-25, 18-25.
"We played our best match thus far," said Tyler White, the first-year coach for Ripon High.
She's also in charge of the RHS girls program.
"We're a young team with mostly freshmen and sophomores," said White of her second-year boys' squad.
The Indians (0-4) displayed one of their best efforts to date in the second game.
Riverbank (3-1) took the first game rather handily, scoring eight straight points for the close out. Ty Luu had a pair of service aces and Miko Bargas recorded a kill in that run.
The second game featured nine ties and three lead changes.
After a kill by Steven Barrios, Ripon surged ahead momentarily, taking advantage of a let serve and receiving errors in taking a 14-10 lead.
But shortly after, the Indians made the same mistakes that hindered the Bruins, who tied the game at 17-17. Riverbank then put together an 8-1 rally including Alex Gutierrez's game-ending spike.
The Bruins opened the third game with an 11-5 lead, maintaining that advantage while claiming the match.
"We're still not there," said White, who sees her team in the learning stages of the game.
It's all part of the process, she added.
Ripon Christian 3, Livingston 0
TVL newcomer Livingston (7-7) put up a fight against the reigning champion Knights (7-2), who churned out a 25-22, 25-21, 25-21 lead.
Six-foot-8 outside hitter Cade Alger had his way at the net, going off for 19 kills in the sweep. Jacob Van Groningen pitched in with nine, and the two combined for only four attack errors. Michael Kamps contributed 16 assists and three blocks.
Ripon 2, Riverbank 0.
The Indians took the best-of-three-game match in two, 25-16, 25-16.
The attack was led by Jason Ponce and Bryan Ochoa while Garrett Bright was recognized for taking charge of running the offense.