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Two League Wins For Varsity Netters
On the road and at home, the Escalon varsity volleyball girls took care of business, defeating both opponents in three games this week.

They started the Trans-Valley League campaign on the road at Ripon Christian in a Tuesday, Sept. 15 contest.

"Ripon Christian is pretty scrappy as far as getting balls up," head coach Teresa Williamson said. "It wasn't the best my girls have played, they had a lot of digging errors, some hitting errors."

The end result was still favorable, as the Lady Cougars were 25-17, 25-14, 25-20 winners.

Kaitlyn Brayton had 18 kills and 19 digs, Katie Aprile notched 26 assists and served up three aces.

"It was good in that they did not play to the best of their ability and still came out with the win," noted Williamson.

In a much cleaner contest at home, the girls were 25-10, 25-8, 25-11 winners over Hughson on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Brayton set the tone for the sweep, going on a 10-point service run in the middle game, as the Lady Cougars would not allow Hughson to get much going.

Williamson said the girls did come out a little flat, but pumped up their game as they went along and did well to stay out of the 'jungle ball' back and forth type of game that can often occur when a team is battling to stay afloat, as Hughson was.

"I'm pleased with the way they controlled the match, I just want to see more intensity," she said. "But it was nice to get everybody in, including our foreign exchange student."

Lindsey Anderson had 17 digs on the night, Casey Schmidig had four aces, Brayton had nine kills to go along with her strong serving and Aprile had 21 assists.

This week, the girls were slated to host Riverbank on Tuesday, Sept. 22 after The Times went to press and will be at Modesto Christian on Thursday.