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Johnston voted Trans Valley’s co-MVP

Junior is fourth straight Indian to earn league’s top honor

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Johnston voted Trans Valley’s co-MVP

Junior Kelsey Johnston, setting up Ripon High teammate Coryn Hernandez during Tuesday's CIF State Championships semifinal at Christian Brothers in Sacramento, was voted co-Most Valuable Player in t...

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POSTED December 4, 2009 3:00 a.m.
Ripon High captured its fourth straight Trans Valley League title this season and with it the conference’s Most Valuable Player award in as many years.

Junior setter Kelsey Johnston is the fourth different Indian in a row to be named MVP, but she shares the honor with Escalon outside hitter Kaitlyn Brayton.

Larry Keethe is Coach of the Year after leading Ripon to a 14-1 mark in league, 40-11 overall. The Indians made its fourth straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV final but lost to five-time champion Christian Brothers, which defeated Ripon again Tuesday in the CIF State Championships semifinals.

Ripon’s previous MVPs were Jocelyn Swier (2006), Kirsten Duren (2007) and Meredith Perkins (2008).

With all-around threat Duren now playing for Boise State, Johnston, selected to the all-TVL team her freshman and sophomore years, was been called upon to step into a similar role.

Going into Tuesday’s loss to rival Christian Brothers in Sacramento, the 5-foot-6 Johnston held team highs in aces (200) and assists (1,045) and was among team leaders in digs (203), blocks (61) and kills (139).

Brayton led Escalon in kills and aces and was second on the squad in digs. Brayton and the Cougars ended Ripon’s TVL win streak at 33 with a four-game victory at home Oct. 15 and went on to advance to the section’s Division IV semifinals.

Ripon front-row standouts Cheyann Deprue, Lauren Feddersen and Ashley Robinson are on the all-TVL team, as are Ripon Christian team leaders Kelsey Tillema and Michelle Terpstra.

It is the third all-TVL honor for Robinson, who is headed to Sonoma State, and second for Feddersen.

The 6-1 Tillema, one of three seniors on Ripon Christian’s roster, was the only returning player to have played significant minutes from the team’s 2008 Division V section championship team. She and Terpstra, a junior setter, carried the Knights to their third straight section crown last month.
Six combined underclassmen from both Ripon teams earned honorable mention.

Freshman defensive specialist Britney Petlansky, sophomore twin outside hitters Morgan and Mikaela Alger and junior middle blocker Emily Leahy represent RC on the honorable-mention list. Junior middle blocker Coryn Hernandez and freshman defensive specialist/setter Nicole Kaiser made it for Ripon.
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