In a close match, serving can make all the difference.

The Ripon Tiger volleyball team found that out the hard way last week Thursday during its Homecoming match with Waupun.

It committed 15 service errors in the contest en route to a tough 25-14, 24-26, 21-25, 24-26 loss.

“It’s a momentum swing and it’s an easy unearned point for Waupun ...” Ripon head coach Tracy Landerman said of the missed serves. “It was better as the match went on, but in the beginning that really was an issue for us. And when you look at how close the games are, you take that into account, and a couple blocking errors with net violations, and you’re looking at a totally different outcome.”

Despite some of early, unforced errors, the Tigers dominated game one. After the two teams were tied at 10, Ripon scored 15 of the final 19 points to take the game easily.

“We started out outstanding — totally in control of the game, passing very well and utilizing offense,” Landerman said of the first game.

They then hung around with Waupun in the second game and actually led 23-19 late after going on an 11-3 run. But they were unable to take a commanding 2-0 game lead, falling 24-26.

Read the full story, which includes information on the final three games, in the Sept. 28, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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