Kora Withun hits the ball over the net. Watching are, from left,  Aly Hodge, Erika Mills, Grace Rauch and Jenna Klettke.
Kora Withun hits the ball over the net. Watching are, from left, Aly Hodge, Erika Mills, Grace Rauch and Jenna Klettke.

   Last week’s Thursday’s volleyball match between the Ripon Tigers and Berlin Indians may have been between the bottom two teams in the East Central Conference.

   But it meant everything for the host Tigers.

   Playing against their rivals from the north, they swept the Indians in three games 25-19, 25-23, 25-23.

   “It was an excellent night,” Ripon head coach Tracy Landerman said. “It was very important for the team. They really came together as a team on this one and they wanted it very badly. They’re on their home court, it’s Berlin ... all those different things entered into the mix.”

   She added the Tigers were ready to play last week Thursday and proved it from start to finish, bucking the trend of beginning matches slow and being unable to recover.

   Another reason for their success against the Indians was their ability to set up their offense.

   "Our passing was very good ... That’s the heart of everything because we have kids that offensively do things well at the net and with a solid pass that allows us to do that and that was huge for us on Thursday,” Landerman said. “We were very focused, we knew what we needed to do as far as our passing and we put it together.”

   The Ripon head coach also was pleased with how her team overcame adversity and was able to change the momentum at times with key plays defensively.

Read the full story, which includes information on a busy week ahead, in the Oct. 11, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.