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POSTED September 1, 2010 2:27 a.m.
­LINDEN — It was a rather ho-hum official start to Ripon’s volleyball season Tuesday.

After an entertaining Foundation Game, a fundraising contest that doesn’t count against records, with rival Ripon Christian Monday, the Indians coasted in their 2010 opener Tuesday against Linden, 25-18, 25-13, 25-19.

“We played OK, but we could have played better,” Ripon coach Larry Keethe said. “We seem to play to the level of competition, as all teams do.”

Ripon will have a better idea of what it has this year in the High Sierra Invitational in Reno, Nev. later this week. On Friday it faces perennial Valley Oak League contender Sonora, Shasta and North Valleys in pool play before splitting off into bracket format Saturday.

Ripon is coming off Sac-Joaquin Section and NorCal Division IV runner-up finishes in 2009.

“That tournament should tune us up for the rest of the season,” Keethe said. “We’ll face some real strong teams there, particularly on the second day.”

Ripon’s four seniors were the big producers Tuesday night.  

Outside hitter Cheyann DePrue pounded out 18 kills and added four blocks. Coryn Hernandez, who missed a big part of last season with an injury, contributed 13 and four.

Libero Paulina Ceja picked up 17 digs to go with five aces, and 2009 Bulletin All-Area MVP Kelsey Johnston dished out 42 assists. Sophomore defensive specialist Paige Burrell chimed in with six aces and 11 digs.

Tracy 3, Weston Ranch 0
TRACY — The host Bulldogs swept, but Weston Ranch (0-1) was competitive in every game (23-25, 18-25, 22-25).

Senior outside hitter DeArbia Gardner rapped out four kills to lead the offense, while Sidney Carter posted two kills and three blocks from the middle. Setter Robyn Sison finished with seven assists.

— Jonamar Jacinto
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