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Indians finally get Christian Brothers
Ripon High’s Coryn Hernandez (9) and Paige Horwood (8) make the block during Ripon’s win over Christian Brothers Wednesday. - photo by HIME ROMERO
After experiencing defeat at the hands of the Christian Brothers High volleyball program, the Ripon Indians were able to extract vengeance in a 25-15, 25-13 and 25-21 sweep of the Falcons Wednesday at Ripon High.

“It really was a big win for us,” Ripon head coach Larry Keethe said. “It feels real good for our program. Our girls were really up for the challenge and they played great. We had a couple of odd moments, but our good play clearly outnumbered any of that.”

Ripon has dropped eight consecutive matches to the Falcons before salvaging a victory Wednesday. The Indians’ senior leadership stepped to the forefront, with Kelsey Johnston, Cheyann Deprue and Paulina Ceja all playing prominent roles.

“I think we were definitely the superior squad tonight, but I don’t know by how much,” Keethe said. “Our six seniors and two sophomores who were up last year when we lost to them truly understand how big this is.

“We had them last year in the section final; we just couldn’t finish the job.”

Johnston turned in a game-high 41 assists in the win, to go along with three aces for service points. Deprue was her usual dominant self, banging home 13 kills to pace the Indians. Coryn Hernandez controlled the net, sending back four blocks and slamming down 11 kills.

Ceja led the team by pulling out 19 digs.

Ripon (1-0 Trans Valley League, 14-1 overall) will try and continue to play at a high level when they host Escalon Monday in TVL action.

“This was a good win for us,” Keethe said. “It really puts an exclamation point on an already impressive start to the season.”