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Four Indians make All-Trans Valley League team
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Ripon outside hitter Samantha McCreath was one of the areas top all-around players as a sophomore this past volleyball season. She joined three Ripon seniors on the All-Trans-Valley League team. - photo by File photo by SEAN KAHLER

Trans-Valley League Selections

• Coach of the Year: Patti Harris, Hilmar

• Most Valuable Player: Emily Baptista, Hilmar

• First team: Taylor Laugero, Escalon; Haylee Pearce, Hilmar; Emily O’Brien, Ripon; Brooke Silva, Escalon; Hannah Pearce, Hilmar; Samantha McCreath, Ripon; Mariah Ahid, Hilmar; Jessica Garcia, Hughson; Kylee Irwin-Paz, Escalon; Karissa Carlson, Ripon; Maddie Nicholas, Escalon; Jacqui Uecker, Ripon; Danielle Couchman, Hilmar.

• Honorable mention: Whitney Williams, Hilmar; Krysten Rose, Escalon; Savannah Ahumada, Hughson; Mackenzie Babbitt, Hughson; Kylie Silva, Modesto Christian; Brianna Allen, Riverbank.

A trio of seniors and a sophomore represent Ripon High’s volleyball team on the All-Trans-Valley League team.

Sophomore outside hitter Samantha McCreath was one of the league’s top all-around players, and her efforts did not go unnoticed by rival coaches as she was voted onto the first team. Fellow Indians joining her on the list are middle blocker Karissa Carlson, libero Emily O’Brien and outside hitter Jacqui Uecker. Uecker makes the cut despite a season-ending ACL injury.

Conference champion Hilmar (38-10) knocked Ripon out of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs with a sweep in the semifinals. The Yellowjackets went on to lose to Sonora in the championship round for a second straight year and lost to Notre Dame in the opening round of the CIF State Northern California Regional Championships.

The Indians finished 20-11 overall placed third in the competitive TVL. It was still a successful run for Ripon, which upset third-seeded Calaveras on the road to reach the semifinals for the first time under fourth-year head coach Adrienne Beltrami. Ripon often had up to four sophomores — setter Lauren Wiebe, middle blocker Breana Barrios, defensive specialist Ashlyn Eisenga and McCreath — on the court at the same time. 

Hilmar standout Emily Baptista, a 6-foot-2 outside hitter, was named the TVL’s Most Valuable Player for a second year in a row. Hilmar’s Patti Harris is Coach of the Year. The Yellow jackets had five All-TVL selections, while runner-up Escalon had four.