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Local Digest: Ripon volleyball advances to second round of state playoffs

Highlights: Ripon defeats Berean Christian in straight sets

Ripon High School beat Berean Christian High School in straight sets in the first round of the CIF State Div. V Playoffs at Ripon High School.
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Ripon High School beat Berean Christian High School in straight sets in the first round of the CIF State Div. V Playoffs at Ripon High School.

Ripon High girls volleyball coach Tyler White said her team needed the seven days off after losing to Hilmar in the semifinals of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Divivision IV playoffs.

It gave the team a break to take care of some injuries.

White, however, was concerned about the impact the layoff would have in their match against Berean Christian in the first round of the CIF State Div. V playoffs on Tuesday.

The Indians started slow but beat the Eagles 25-21, 25-22, 25-18.

“We were a little sluggish,” White said. “They came out slower than I would like them to.”

White said her team “tends” to come out slow and the Indians struggled early in the first set with serve returns and a couple of unforced errors.

Ripon (23-11) trailed 20-19 before rebounding to win the set.

Led by senior Mia Van Lewen and sophomore Sydney Thomason, the Indians took charge in the second set with better blocking and more energy, White said.

“We started getting our blocks and started getting our energy up,” White said. “They are a team that needs energy and needs excitement and momentum. They feed off of that.”

Van Lewen had 12 kills and sophomore Sydney Thomason had 10 kills and four blocks.

The Indians trailed 12-10 in the third set before going on an 8-3 run to take control of the match.

Despite the win, White sid the Indians need to communicate better, which has been the team’s “weakness” this year.

Senior Rachel Sausedo had 27 assists for the Indians, who host Western Sierra Collegiate Academy on Thursday.

Escalon 3, Skyline 0 - The Cougars (25-10) easily beat the team from Oakland and will travel to face Washington Union of Fresno on Thursday.

Aragon 3, Central Catholic 2- The No. 14 seed Raiders (33-11) almost pulled off the upset but fell in the first round of the Div. II State playoffs. Freshman outside hitter Abby Castillon had 14 kills and junior setter McKenzie Lettice had 32 assists.

Beyer Water Polo: The Patriots (18-10-1) saw their 2018 season end on Wednesday with a 18-3 loss to top seed Sonora at Tokay High School.

Central Catholic Tennis: The Raiders will try to win their third section title in five years when they face off against Kimball at 3 p.m. at Oak Park Tennis Center in Stockton on Thursday for the Div. IV title. Central Catholic won the section title in 2014 and 2015 and beat Kimball in both meetings this year.

The Raiders advanced with an 8-1 victory over Placer. In that match, Central’s Erika Rizo blanked Hailey Hocking 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 6 singles and Suzanne Manseau, in No. 2 singles, rallied to beat Cassandra Rhodes 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

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