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POSTED October 30, 2009 2:53 a.m.
RIPON — Tiger Shelton was concerned about a letdown, but his Ripon Christian Knights prevailed in four games (25-18, 25-13, 22-25, 25-14) over Hughson to keep their Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoff hopes alive.

“It was Senior Night, and we played like Senior Night,” Shelton said. “Hughson played pretty well, (but) we just didn’t come ready to play. Thankfully, we came back and played a very good fourth game.”

Kelsey Tillema, one of three Ripon Christian seniors, led the charge with eight kills and nine digs. Freshman defensive specialist Brittany Petlansky also had nine digs, while Michelle Terpstra turned in 20 assists.

Shelton was most impressed by the play of junior middle blocker Emily Lahey, who churned out 10 blocks.

“She was blocking everything,” Shelton said. “It was amazing.”

Madelyn Birchall spearheaded Hughson with 11 kills and four aces.

Ripon Christian (8-6 Trans Valley League) closes the regular season at Modesto Christian Tuesday.

Ripon 3, Riverbank 0
RIPON — Kelsey Johnston and Cheyann DePrue were two of four servers during Ripon’s dominant third game, and the Indians (13-1, 31-8 overall) won easily, 25-9, 25-14, 25-3.

DePrue ended up with 12 kills, seven digs and five aces. Lauren Feddersen added six kills and five aces; Lauren Goeppert recorded six digs; and Johnston chipped in 24 assists and seven aces.

Ripon will tune up for next Tuesday’s big league finale against visiting Escalon, which will determine the conference championship, at the Edison Tournament in Stockton this weekend.

— Jonamar Jacinto
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