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Freshmen Grab Title Varsity, JV Volleyball Girls Fall To Ripon
Falling in three games to the host Ripon Indians, Escalon's varsity volleyball girls made the quickest exit of the season in the final regular TVL game, losing the contest and the Trans-Valley League championship to Ripon.

Runner-up Escalon closed the TVL campaign at 13-2 while Ripon was 14-1, the only loss for the Lady Indians coming to Escalon earlier in the season.

Ripon was able to control the rubber match, taking a decisive 3-0 win off the court on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Escalon coach Teresa Williamson said her team didn't have its best night, but was looking forward to the second season, playoffs, and were slated to host Capital Christian in action Tuesday night, Nov. 10, after The Times went to press. Escalon entered the playoffs as the number 4 seed, hosting number 13 Capital Christian.

At Ripon for the finale, the host squad was consistently a few points better, defeating Escalon 25-22, 25-19, 25-19 for the sweep.

Kaitlyn Brayton paced Escalon's effort with 10 kills. Lindsey Anderson had 26 digs, Katie Aprile notched 18 assists, with four aces from Kristi Rigg and blocks from Rigg and Morgan Jensen.

Escalon, along with its 13-2 mark in league, ended with a 25-3 overall record and hopes to advance past the opening round Tuesday to host another home volleyball game on Thursday against the winner of the first round match up between number 5 Golden Sierra and number 12 Calaveras.

The JV girls lost in a sweep to Ripon as well, closing play at 12-3 in league. They also took second place behind the Indians, and their only three losses came to that squad.

Scores for the JV girls were 25-17, 25-16.

"I did enjoy it, it was a good experience for me," first-year coach Kayla Kootstra said of taking on the JV coaching role. "This was a very good group of girls."

The freshmen, with coach Niki Hoover, finished their season as undefeated TVL champions, topping Ripon in two games on Tuesday to take the crown. They were 9-0 in league play.

Riverbank and Modesto Christian don't field freshman teams, but the youngest Lady Cougars went 3-0 against each of the other league teams of Hughson, Ripon and Ripon Christian to capture the league honors.