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Volleyball Girls Sweep Past Ripon, Orestimba
Escalons Cassidy Caton gets some lift off the floor as she sends a sharp return back over the net in a win against Ripon. - photo by Photo By Sean Kahler

Kicking off the week with a huge win on the road, the Escalon varsity volleyball girls defeated host Ripon in Sept. 24 action, 3-1. Scores were 25-18, 26-24, 17-25, 25-14.

“The girls played great volleyball and all players contributed,” said coach Teresa Williamson. “Everyone was pretty solid and this was a good win in their (Ripon’s) house.”

Taylor Laugero had 20 assists and six aces, Cassidy Caton notched 12 kills, Kylee Irwin-Paz had eight kills and four blocks and Savannah Guerra had 23 digs.

Thursday at Orestimba, it was another road win for the varsity, taking down the Warriors in three. Scores were 25-17, 25-18, 25-12 so they had to work for it, but were able to finish it off in straight sets.

“This is one of the better Orestimba teams I’ve seen’” said Williamson. “It was a good win on the road for us.”

Caton and Brooke Borba each had nine kills, Caton and Krysten Rose had three aces each and Caton also had 15 digs. Laugero had 18 assists.

The girls were scheduled to host Hughson at home on Tuesday, after The Times went to press, and will be in Hilmar for a huge TVL match on Thursday, Oct. 3.

They also played in the Oakdale Tournament on Saturday, finishing in third place.

“The girls played great volleyball all day, we lost to Hilmar in three in the third place game but went 4-1 overall in the tournament,” said Williamson.



The JV girls took a 2-1 decision over Ripon on Tuesday, falling 23-25 in the first game but then coming back with 25-22, 15-12 wins. Thursday at Orestimba, coach Stephanie Williamson said her team wasn’t challenged too much, winning in two by scores of 25-13, 25-23.

“I have a freshman, Jaden Scott, she pretty much gets all my kills and we get great work from Josie Redberg, my setter, she runs the offense,” said Williamson.

Escalon’s freshmen won both their matches this week as well, battling to tight finishes but coming through with the victories.

“We beat Ripon 25-21 and 26-24,” noted coach Krystal Rodriguez. “Against Orestimba, it was 27-25, 25-20. They’re starting to click and really are learning the game of volleyball.”