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Ripon, RC advance to Day 2
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Ripon cruised to three easy victories to start pool play in Golden Valley’s Central California Classic Friday at Enochs High.

At Cesar Chavez High in Stockton, Ripon Christian went 2-1 to take second in its pool and advance to the second day.

The 36-team tournament has been trimmed down to 18, and the remaining matches will be played at Merced College and Golden Valley High.

The Indians swept all of their matches, defeating Big Valley Christian (25-13, 25-6), Pitman (25-14, 25-19) and Enochs (25-19, 25-11).

Setter Kelsey Johnson racked up 59 assists over the three matches and recorded 13 aces. Leading the front row was Ashley Robinson with 23 kills, while Cheyann Deprue added 16.

Lauren Feddersen and Coryn Hernandez each had four blocks, and Paulina Ceja picked up 11 digs.

“We played fairly well and all the girls got to play,” Ripon coach Larry Keethe said. “We’re still making a lot of unforced errors, and against good teams that’s not going to work. We definitely have some work left to do.”

Ripon Christian opened the tournament with a heartbreaking three-game loss to Cesar Chavez and bounced back to capture a three-game victory over Monterey Trail of Elk Grove. The Knights earned their way to today’s round with a sweep of Trans Valley League rival Riverbank.

Setter Michelle Terpstra highlighted RC’s pivotal second game against Monterey Trail, as she served in the first 11 games en route to a one-sided 25-8 win.

The Knights were without their best front-row player, Kelsey Tillema (pulled groin), but Brittany Petlansky and Mikaela Alger filled in nicely.

“We’re a young team this year after losing seven seniors last year,” Ripon Christian coach Tiger Shelton said. “But we were in position to take first in our pool, so I’m happy with how well we competed today.”
— Jonamar Jacinto