ESCALON — After splitting the first two sets with host Escalon, Ripon dominated the end of the next two games to avenge an earlier-season Trans-Valley League loss to the Cougars, 25-13, 22-25, 25-23, 25-17.
The two teams battled through 19 ties.
“That was very much back-and-forth,” Indians coach Tyler White said. “It was a fun match. We were on the losing end to them last time.
“We were communicating well early. They were telling their setter Shannon (Johnson) what they wanted to run and they were finishing their swings, unlike in the second set. I told them not to think about it and to just react to whatever you get and just put it down.”
Alyssa Barrios (six blocks) played a key role in the first and fourth sets for Ripon (7-3 TVL, 12-5 overall). In the first game, Barrios had a five-point service run with a pair of aces to take the Indians to game point, and Barrios got the final two points of the night with a pair of resounding kills.
“We all had to work together,” Barrios said. “On my serves I had to focus on getting it over and getting the next point.”
In the third set, Jordynn Russell (eight kills, five aces) closed out the game with a pair of kills. For the 24th point, Russell pounded the ball deep into the corner where there were no defenders for Escalon (7-3, 22-9).
“It was really exciting,” Russell said of the next-to-last point of the third game. “Because I saw the opportunity to hit one when there was no block up.”
Shannon Johnson had 24 assists for the Indians and Brooke Kaiser tallied 15 digs.
Ripon 2, Escalon 1
The Indians dropped the first game 19-25 before bouncing back to win the next two 25-20, 15-12.
Ripon’s Sierra Barrios tallied seven kills. Danika Matuska added six kills and Faith Mullings four aces.
Ripon 2, Escalon 1
The Indians eked out a two-point win in the decisive third set, 25-12, 21-25, 16-14.
Abigail Campos tallied six digs for Ripon and Sarah Sulaiman added four aces.