Abby Radloff pushes the ball over the net during the second game of Ripon’s match against Waupun.
Abby Radloff pushes the ball over the net during the second game of Ripon’s match against Waupun.

   The Ripon High School volleyball team had plenty of reasons to be amped up last week Thursday during its match against Waupun.

   It was celebrating senior night, parents’ night and hosting a pink out in support of breast cancer.

   Early on, that energy was on display in the gymnasium.

   “You could see that based on that first game,” Ripon head coach Tracy Landerman said, noting her team was able to hang with the Warriors.

   The Tigers even fought back after Waupun pulled ahead 23-18 in game one, closing to within 24-23 before ultimately falling 25-23.

   But the energy disappeared after that as Ripon lost the next two games by identical 25-11 scores.

   “It was more of a struggle to put something together,” Landerman said of the final two games. “They had us scrambling ... and they were doing more offensively and we were on the run defensively. [We] just struggled to put points on the board and to utilize our offense.”

   One reason for Ripon’s struggle in the final two games was its inability to pass the ball effectively.

Read the full story in the Oct. 17, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.