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Ripon looks sharp in crosstown sweep

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Michelle Terpstra (right) and Kelsey Tillema converge on a block attempt.

BRANDON PETERSEN/The Bulletin


POSTED September 22, 2009 11:28 p.m.
RIPON – While Ripon High’s dominant 25-10, 25-7, 25-8 road sweep of crosstown rival RC appeared entirely forgettable for anyone in the building wearing blue, Knights head coach Tiger Shelton hopes his players remember Tuesday’s contest for years to come.

Such textbook shellackings are hard for any team to stomach, but according to Shelton, it's all part of the process of growing up.

Ripon, meanwhile, is fully grown and fully stocked, and looked every bit the part of a four-time defending Trans Valley League champion.

Starting in the middle with Kelsey Johnston (12 assists), and extending out to a seemingly endless supply of long and dangerous hitters, Ripon controlled every aspect of the contest and won it going away.

“Sometimes we play like we did tonight, which was very good, and sometimes we don’t,” Ripon head coach Larry Keethe said. “We have to play like this in every match for the rest of the season. There’s no let-up from here on out.”

Ashley Robinson finished with eight kills, and Lauren Feddersen stuffed seven blocks. Cheyann DePrue baffled RC’s back line for five aces, and Lauren Goeppert scooped 11 digs.

Shelton said afterward that a couple of Indians had good reason to put on a show.

“I have a couple of girls over there that I coached in club, Kelsey and Lauren,” he said. “Of course they wanted to tear me up and spit me out. I told them as I was coaching them that it was going to come around and bite me someday, and it did.”

Michelle Terpstra paced the Knights with nine assists, and Kelsey Tillema rejected a pair of blocks.

Morgan Alger had three kills, Brittany Petlansky contributed an ace, and Laura Barry picked up 10 digs.

“If there’s anyone I wanted to praise, it’s Mikaela (Alger), my left side who struggled all game,” Shelton said. “She shows signs of being a great player, but she still has to learn, and these are the growing pains right here.

“It’s frustrating, and she had tears afterward, but her frustration shows she really wants to compete and she wants to get better.”

Ripon (3-0 TVL, 16-5 overall) played 11 players in each game, and mixed and matched the 11 each time out.

“It was a team effort,” Keethe said. “Cheyann hit well, Coryn (Hernandez) hit well, Feddersen hit well. Robinson, Kendra Contente, Kallie Jacobs – they all played well.”

Ripon welcomes Riverbank Thursday.

The Knights host Hughson.

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