RIPLEY – A new era of volleyball is off and running for Ripley Lady Viking volleyball.
Jason Ward, who is the school’s head coach for boys track and field while also serving in the past as an assistant football coach, is in his first season at the helm of the Lady Vikings.

Ripley launched the season with a win over South Charleston, 2-1. The Lady Vikings lost 27-25 in the first game, before bouncing back for 25-19 and 25-11 decisions. Ripley then fell to Cabell Midland, 2-0, (25-15 and 27-25).

In a quad-match at Capital, Ripley dropped two matches while picking up one victory. The Lady Vikings fell to Capital, 2-0, (25-10 and 25-15) and Princeton, 2-1, (winning 29-27, then losing two straight, 25-19 and 25-21). The win came over Hurricane, 2-1, (losing 25-20, then winning two in a row by scores of 27-25 and 25-9).

In a tri-match at Ripley, the Lady Vikings topped Doddridge County, 2-1, (losing 25-20 while winning two in a row 25-12 and 25-21). Ripley then lost to Charleston Catholic, 2-0, (25-22 and 25-21).

“We have gotten strong all-around play from our captain Kacie Whitney. She leads the team in kills and aces,” said Ward. “We’ve gotten strong blocking in the middle from senior Alicia Boggs. The development of sophomore Haley Taylor (has been a bright spot) due to a couple of early-season injuries. She shows promise for depth as the season unfolds.”