Lilly Cavell bumps the ball. Watching are, from left, Madeline Greff, Evelyn Norton, head coach Tracy Landerman, Celina Lopez and Emma Pinnow.
Lilly Cavell bumps the ball. Watching are, from left, Madeline Greff, Evelyn Norton, head coach Tracy Landerman, Celina Lopez and Emma Pinnow.

   The Ripon High School Tiger volleyball team wasn’t at the top of its game last week Saturday during the Portage Invitational.

   But it was able to salvage a 2-2 record with a three-game victory over Princeton/Green Lake in the final match of the competition.

   The 26-28, 25-17, 15-11 win came after the Tigers lost to eventual champion Portage (23-25, 9-25) and Horicon (18-25, 25-20, 9-15).

   Their other win came against Heritage Christian (25-21, 25-9).

   “Very up and down all day,” Ripon head coach Tracy Landerman said. “I still am looking at some tired kids from Homecoming and it was an early morning, so [it] probably wasn’t our best volleyball. But we again put together a series of plays that looked good, went well and scored points. I was hoping we would have fared better in that tournament because I think the competition was very comparable. We just struggled with the finish.”

   The Tigers faced a Portage team that Landerman viewed as their “strongest” opponent in the first match of the day. And while they played right with the hosts in a 25-23 first-game loss, they couldn’t carry it over to the second game.

Read the full story, which includes information on a three-game conference loss to Winneconne, in the Oct. 10, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.