Volleyball falls to Ripon

Jon Mays

The Lawrence University volleyball
team has hit a bit of a cold
stretch after being near the top of
the conference earlier in the season.
Entering their Oct. 14 matchup
against rival Ripon College, the
Vikings had lost back-to-back conference
matches and sat in fourth
place behind St. Norbert, Beloit and
the Red Hawks of Ripon.
The two previous losses came
in close, five-game matches, but
Lawrence was less effective against
Ripon. “We came out flat and just
didn’t put up much of a fight. We will
work hard in practice this week and
be ready for Norbert,” said freshman
Emma Kane, who has played in all
but four of the Vikings’ games this
The Red Hawks came out and
quieted the Alexander Gymnasium
crowd by taking a close first set
25-23. The usually boisterous crowd
at Alex never got back into the game,
and neither did the Vikings. Ripon
took the next two games with less
difficulty, winning them both 25-21.
The loss drops the Vikings’
record back to .500 at 12-12 (3-3
MWC). While the Red Hawks are
under .500 at 10-14 overall, Ripon
is 4-2 this year in conference play
behind the defense of senior All-
Conference libero Sara Heim.
The Vikings hosted St. Norbert
Tuesday and will finish their season
with seven straight road games,
beginning with the UW-Eau Claire
Invite Friday and Saturday.