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Ripon High standout Kelsey Johnston (center) sits in between Ripon High head coach Larry Keethe (l) and Ripon High principle Lance Morrow, while father Pat and mother Mitzi sit behind the future CS...


POSTED November 17, 2010 3:10 a.m.
When The NCAA Division II Volleyball Championship brackets were announced, the Cal State Monterey Bay Otters were not included, but the Otters quest for a tournament bid next season will have a quality addition with the National Letter of Intent signing of Ripon High standout Kelsey Johnston.

Johnston, a reigning Trans Valley League co-MVP, signed on to join the Otters club, joining a Monterey Bay team that just missed a national tournament berth after dropping three of its last four California Collegiate Athletic Association matches.

The Otters will get a proven winner in Johnston, who has been a focal point of the Indians’ success since her freshman season when Ripon finished 34-9-1 with the TVL title. Johnston has helped Ripon reach the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV final in each season since, with Ripon on its way back again this season.

“I am very excited about this, because I love Monterey so much,” Johnston said. “I love the coach, and I’ve been up there a couple of times and it has just been gorgeous.

“I am super excited because I am not stressed out anymore; I’m just relieved it’s all done.”

Johnston’s entire career has been structured towards continuing on to the next level. Now, she joins a program that is in the midst of turning itself into an elite NCAA DivisionII program, giving Johnston reason to believe that she will be a welcomed addition.

“I am ready for something new,” Johnston said. “I am ready to get out of here. I think that I can bring something good to the table in Monterey. I know that I have good leadership, and more than anything I am ready to go.”

The Otters only lose two seniors to graduation, teaming Johnston up with nine returning underclassman and five returning juniors. CSUMB head coach Jody Garry will be entering her fifth season with the Otters and will look to improve on a 15-10 2010 record.
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