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Hilmar boys volley sweeps Ripon
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Will Tate of Hilmar goes up for a kill during Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Ripon High from home on senior night (EDDIE RUIZ/The Journal).

The season sweep was completed on Tuesday’s senior night for the Hilmar High boys volleyball team when they hosted Ripon High in the final league meeting of the year.

Ripon found it challenging to get into any groove as the Hilmar Yellowjackets overpowered the Indians and cruised through a 3-0 straight-sets victory.

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Hilmar High’s Brad Cordova (6) and Joseph Alvernaz (19) go up for a block during the first set of Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Ripon High (EDDIE RUIZ/The Journal).

“Everybody did their job and they executed and stuck to the game plan. I say that every single time and they played up to their potential and played to their ability,” said Hilmar head coach Fatima Handy.

Standout Will Tate was out for a few weeks, but returned and his contribution showed.

Hilmar looked almost untouchable for the most part against their league foes.

Tate was a vital asset to the offense that powered through the Ripon squad with a 25-9 win in the first and second sets.

In the third and final set, Ripon battled, but it wasn’t enough.

Hilmar managed to come away with a 6-0 run to end the third with a score of 25-13.

“We have had some opportunity, but we just need to learn how to play a full game, the same way, no matter who we are playing against,” said Handy. “The harder it gets, the tighter we play. We just need to play loose and not change, but it will come down to us having to upset [Ripon Christian] and put ourselves in the playoff mix by also beating Livingston.”

Hilmar is currently 3-2 in league play, but must win out in order to secure their second-place spot and a playoff berth.

RC is currently perfect in league play at 5-0.

The next game for Hilmar will be on the road against first-place Ripon Christian at 6 p.m. Thursday.