The Ripon High School volleyball team knew if it wanted to have any chance of upsetting Kettle Moraine Lutheran (KML) it would have to be able to block attacks.
That proved to be easier said than done last week Thursday.
The Tigers were no match for the Chargers’ height, athleticism and power as they were swept in three games 16-25, 14-25, 12-25.
“They hit very well and we struggled to block, so that made it tough for us because it kept us scrambling and they had a lot of free shots on our defense,” Ripon head coach Tracy Landerman said. “Their reach was just over our block, so we really struggled to get hands on the ball and when you have a team that is that talented at the net and that strong, you’ve got to try to get at least a hand on the ball to slow it down a little bit and that was tough.”
As a result of not being able to muster much of a block, the Tigers were playing from behind pretty much the entire match.
Landerman noted Ripon’s best game probably came in the first one, when it lost by single digits, and that it experimented with different combinations in the third and final game as it tried to get more height in the front court.
Read the full story, which includes information on the Tigers' upcoming matches, see the story in the Oct. 13, 2016 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.