The Ripon High School volleyball team was able to hang around with some tough competition last week Saturday at the DeForest Invitational, but had little to show for it.

It went just 1-4 on the day, with the only win coming against Dodgeland (25-23, 25-18).

Losses, meanwhile, were suffered at the hands of Monona Grove (18-25, 14-25), McFarland (17-25, 22-25) and River Falls (twice, 21-25, 12-25 and 18-25, 9-25).

“Our Saturday tournaments are very competitive and we’re tested all the time by those teams we play, but it’s good for us because it forces us to play at a different level and I want my team to do that,” Ripon head coach Tracy Landerman said. “I felt we played competitive throughout the day; we just got caught in some really bad lapses in each game it seemed where we just had a series of some poor play.”

She added the Tigers struggled at times with receiving serves and blocking, which proved costly.

“With big teams like that who have good, strong hitters and coming at us with a lot of height, we need to put some type of block on the ball, otherwise they’re taking free shots at our defense,” Landerman said, noting they also got caught scrambling at different points in each of the games played."

Read the full story, which includes information on an exciting win over Campbellsport, in the Sept. 14, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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