RIPON – Things looked like business as usual for the Ripon High volleyball team as it continued steadfast on is mission for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title with a 3-0 straight-sets win over Orestimba High.
The Indians found little opposition from Orestimba, dropping them 25-11, 25-12, 25-13 for their fifth consecutive straight sets win. Ripon got another solid performance from Sonoma State University bound Ashley Robinson.
Robinson turned in a game-high 12 kills to go along with a team-high three blocks. Teammate Cheyann Deprue helped end the Warriors’ season with nine kills and nine digs. Ripon also got a solid showing from setter Kelsey Johnston who chipped in 31 assists, six aces and seven kills.
“We looked pretty good tonight,” Ripon head coach Larry Keethe said. “For the most part we played very well. We did make some mistakes, but overall we played very well.”
Ripon will to continue on towards the U.C. Davis final when they play the winner of the Summerville at Vacaville Christian second round matchup. An upset win from the Summerville Bears would give the Indians home court advantage for the semifinal contest. If No. 2 seed Vacaville wins Ripon will make the trek north.
Summerville put together an impressive run through the Mother Lode League and posed a great threat to the Vacaville Falcons, yet either club stands in the way of the Indians conquering their preseason goals.
“We’re going to take the time to rest some injuries,” Keethe said of the time in between Ripon’s second round win and Tuesday’s semifinal matchup. “And I know Summerville pretty well, so we’re going to start working on how we would play against them.
“That’s a bit different then how we play against other teams.”
Ripon (37-9) will need consistent contribution from the powerful outside hitting of Cory Hernandez, Lauren Feddersen, Robinson and Deprue.