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Knights well on their way; EU, SHS done

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POSTED November 10, 2010 3:06 a.m.
It was the first hurdle on a path towards its fourth consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Volleyball title, and Ripon Christian had no problem clearing it in a 3-0 win over Sacramento Country Day Tuesday during first-round action.

Ripon Christian (28-7) strolled to an easy 25-9, 25-11, 25-6 win over the Cavaliers in front of the home crowd. The Knights opened tournament play as the division’s No. 1 seed and looked the part, getting a dominant performance from senior Michelle Terpstra, who dished out a game-high 21 assists to go along with four aces.

Michaela Alger paced the Knights with seven kills, while teammate Brittany Petlansky pulled out eight digs in the opening round victory.

“We’re ready,” Ripon Christian head coach Tiger Shelton said. “We are as ready as we are going to be. We were able to play a lot of players and everyone played well.

“Overall, we had a really good, balanced performance.”

Cassidy De Rousse had a quality showing in the Knights’ win, controlling play at the net alongside Alger.

Ripon Christian will be back on the court Thursday in the Division-V semifinal, meeting up with the winner of the Forrest Lake Christian-Vacaville Christian matchup. A win Thursday will escort the Knights into the championship against the winner of the Turlock Christian-Bradshaw Christian matchup taking place Thursday. The Knights outdueled Bradshaw Christian in last season’s section final.

Vanden 3, Sierra 1
Sierra was able to come out and grab the attention of the No. 1 seeded Vanden Vikins during the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Volleyball championships, but the Timberwolves weren’t able to complete the upset.

Sierra (8-12) waved off any ideas Vanden may have had about an easy ride, shocking the Vanden home crowd with a near-perfect performance in a 25-16 game one win.

“I really think we came out and took them by surprise,” Sierra head coach Trinity Johnson said. “With us being such a low seed and them being the No. 1, I’m sure they were expecting to run all over us.

“When we came out with that first game, we definitely got their attention.”

Sierra battled valiantly over the final three, but would only get a close as a 19-25 game two loss. Vanden put it away 25-15 and 25-16 to advance to the tournament’s second round and end a successful Sierra season.

‘I’m pround of the way my girls came out and played,” Johnson said. “They did everything right out there. They passed well, they hit well and they served well. For them to go into their gym and play that well really was something pleasing to see.”

Johnson guided Sierra into the postseason in her first season at the helms, giving a young program something to build upon as foundation over the upcoming seasons.

Union Mine 3, East Union 0
East Union was able to lift its season into the playoffs, but a solid Union Mine team would end the Lancers’ season in a three games-to-none sweep Tuesday in El Dorado.

The Lancers (11-8) fell down early to Union Mne and could not recover, dropping three 25-13, 25-5 and 25-11.

“Union Mine was just an outstanding group of girls,” East Union head coach Eryn Bowers said. “They put the ball down and they did a good job of picking everything up off the court.

“We definitely ran into a talented team.”

East Unoin got four kills from senior Brittany Lamar and a pair of aces from Taylor Maruca in both girls’ final action for the Lancers.

“We most definitely were able to reach the goal we were striving for at the beginning of the season,” Maruca said. “The girls’ main goal was to reach the playoffs and we were able to do that. I have a lot of girls that have been with me for awhile, so this was a good way for us to end our season.”
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