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Knights go back to basics in sweep

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POSTED October 14, 2009 2:15 a.m.
HUGHSON — With the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoff power ratings about a week away from being unveiled, all Ripon Christian can do until then is take care of business.

The Knights did just that Tuesday in their sweep (25-15, 25-15, 25-11) of Hughson.

Coming off a three-game loss to crosstown rival Ripon, the Knights went back to basics Tuesday.

“We’ve been working on serve receive — you have to be able to pass the ball and serve to win games,” Ripon Christian coach Tiger Shelton said. “We were unable to do that at the level of Ripon and Escalon, so our goal tonight was to pass and serve better and we did that.

“Hughson serves pretty tough — that’s kind of their 3-pointer. If they’re on, they can be tough, so I was really happy with our ability to control the ball.

Ball control led to offense, as senior Kelsey Tillema led the way with six kills to go with three blocks. Setter Michelle Terpstra (15 assists) also benefitted by the pin-point passing.

Brittney Petlansky finished with 10 digs, while Morgan Alger, Raeann DeRousse and Amanda Boersma recorded three aces each.

Ripon Christian (5-4 Trans Valley League) wraps up the second of three regular-season rounds Thursday with a big match at home against Modesto Christian.

Ripon 3, Riverbank 0
In Riverbank, the Indians (9-0, 22-5 overall) picked up win No. 33 in a row in league action with an easy sweep (25-4, 25-11, 25-6).

Ripon dominated in all facets, starting with Lauren Fedderson at the service line. Fedderson’s long service runs to start each game helped Ripon mount large leads, and she finished with nine aces.

Setter Kelsey Johnston pounded out eight kills and had 27 assists. Cheyann DePrue and Ashley Robinson also had eight kills apiece.

Ripon can take a two-match lead on second-place Escalon with a victory on the road Thursday.
— Jonamar Jacinto
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