The Ripon High School volleyball team was competitive with regional champion Waupun all three games last week Thursday.

It could not, however, prevent the “big runs” as its season came to the end in the regional semifinals.

The Tigers allowed runs of 8-2, 8-0 and 9-2 in the three games, which they lost 19-25, 18-25, 21-25.

“We were very competitive with them,” Ripon head coach Tracy Landerman said. “We fought hard to stay in the match. There were times that we were actually ahead ...

“Where we struggled, especially toward the end, was we were put on the defensive more and they capitalized on that. We were trying to do what we could do to get our pass and use our offense, but they were coming at us hard and fast and they had the upper hand with that ... and that was probably the difference.”

Landerman added the Warriors, who were the No. 3 seed in Ripon’s half-sectional bracket, had some good, strong hitters and the Tigers needed to do some things defensively with the block to take some of the speed off the attacks.

While they did not do enough of that, they did hold their own.

Read the full story, which includes a breakdown of each game and a recap of the season, in the Oct. 31, 2013 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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