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Split Of TVL Contests For Varsity Volleyball
With a win and a loss this week, Escalon's varsity Lady Cougars ended play at 5-1 in the Trans-Valley League standings, the only blemish coming courtesy of league-leading Ripon.

The girls lost to Ripon on the road in a Tuesday, Sept. 29 contest, but bounced back to defeat Ripon Christian in Escalon on Thursday, Oct. 1, opening up the second round of TVL competition.

On Tuesday, the girls couldn't get past the tough Ripon squad on the road at Ripon, and some of that seemed to spill over into the opening game on Thursday, when the Lady Cougars were home to host Ripon Christian.

Though they won the first game on Thursday, it was a struggle at 25-20. A gut check talk in between games from head coach Teresa Williamson helped the girls turn it around, and they came back with a much stronger effort in the next two, as they swept past the visiting Lady Knights, 25-7, 25-12 to put the match in the win column in 3-0 fashion.

Katie Aprile had 32 assists on the night, along with three aces. Kaitlyn Brayton notched 19 kills, Lindsey Anderson had 29 digs from her libero position and Morgan Jensen had two blocks, playing tough at the net.

The girls stand at 5-1 as they continue on with second round play. They were slated to be at Hughson on Tuesday, Oct. 6 after The Times went to press and will also be away for Thursday's game, playing at Riverbank on Oct. 8. One more road game is on the schedule Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Modesto Christian before they are back to host Ripon to close out round two of TVL action on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Williamson is pleased with the first round play of the squad but said she definitely wants her team to get undefeated Ripon the second time around, as well as staying a step ahead of those TVL opponents they have already defeated.