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Indians dispatch Hughson with different rotations

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POSTED October 21, 2009 2:44 a.m.
HUGHSON — Larry Keethe called them “crazy rotations.”

No matter whom he put on the court and where, Ripon handled Hughson in a three-game sweep (25-10, 25-18, 25-9).

The Trans Valley League co-leading Indians (10-1, 28-8 overall) went with new-look lineups in the first two games, hence the closer-than-usual scores. But Keethe was still pleased with the likes of freshman Nicole Kaiser, who finished with seven digs and got her first start at setter.

“Nicole hasn’t played much volleyball, but she’s just an incredible athlete,” Keethe said. “The scores in the first two games weren’t because she was in there, she just didn’t have too many good passes to set.”

The host Huskies managed to keep it close in the third game as well, and Ripon went with its normal lineup. Its best rotation hardly had to break a sweat, as Lauren Feddersen served in the final 13 points in succession and picked up a lot of her match-high nine aces along the way.

Cheyann DePrue and Ashley Robinson led the offense with seven kills apiece, and Robinson added nine blocks. Usual setter Kelsey Johnston, who started at outside hitter, turned in 17 assists and seven digs.

“We’re working on different things for our next match with Escalon and the playoffs,” Keethe said. “We’re going to get real strong, so I’m trying to get a lot of people some time at different spots.”
— Jonamar Jacinto
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