RIPON — Tyler White has some big shoes to fill — her own.
In her first year as Indians head coach last season, the Ripon graduate led the Indians to second place in the Trans-Valley League and Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV before embarking on a 3-1 run in the NorCal Division V playoffs. They lost a heart-breaking five-set thriller in the finals to Washington Union of Fresno, which went on to win the state championship.
“I’m really excited for this season,” White said. “This group of girls has played together for a long time and I think with the hard work we put in, we will have another great season her at Ripon.
“I also have an assistant this season, my old teammate and fellow RHS alum Paige Burrell.”
Mia Van Lewen, who played a valiant game in the loss to Washington Union and Rachel Sausedo have both graduated after leading the Indians to a 10-2 Trans-Valley League, 25-12 overall record last season.
Looking to continue the team’s success are seniors Shannon Johnson and Caryssa McKeon.
“The bar was set really hard last year and it will be a challenge to follow that up,” said Johnson who will be in her third year on the varsity. “Hopefully we will do pretty well in league and after that who knows?”
This will be McKeon’s second year on the varsity.
“We have six seniors this year and coming up just short last year gives us the fire and drive to hopefully go further this year,” McKeon said. “We’re just going to leave it all out there.”
The Indians host Linden on Tuesday, Aug. 27 to start the season and open TVL play against defending league and section champion Hilmar on the road Monday, Sept. 9.