After accomplishing just about everything there is to accomplish on the high school volleyball scene, Ripon High senior Cheyeann DePrue will take her talents north, as she inked a commitment to the Humboldt State University Volleyball program recently.
The former Ripon captain will join a Lumberjack program that has seen their fair share of down times over the past few seasons. Humboldt State has a combined record of 4-39 in California Collegiate Athletics Association play, giving the incoming freshman a new atmosphere than during her Ripon tenure.
Humboldt State is led by head coach Sue Woodstra, who is a 1984 Olympic silver medalist for the United States Volleyball team and also was a member of the coaching staff during the recent Beijing games in China.
“It is kind of intimidating that she has done all of these successful things in the game of volleyball,” DePrue said. “But it definitely helps a team to have a coach with a lot of background and who knows the sport and loves it.”
DePrue takes an impressive resume to Arcata, helping lead the Indians to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV title after coming up short for so many seasons to Christian Brothers. The Indians were not able to go through Christian Brothers because they changed divisions, but the two teams did meet in Ripon’s home gym.
“Definitely one of my brightest moments was when we beat Christian Brothers at home,” DePrue remembered. “That was the biggest crowd I had ever seen there for volleyball, and we had the whole school supporting us.
“All of us girls just got along so great the whole season and that was a great night.”
DePrue will be competing at the NCAA Division-II level and was recruited through Woodstra from her club circuit play in the offseason. The Ripon standout was awarded an athletic scholarship from the Lumberjacks and will likely be expected to make immediate contributions to the up-and-coming program.
“I am just working hard in preparation,” DePrue said. “I am doing a lot of workouts and I want to go out there and be in quality shape right away.
“I want to be prepared, I don’t want to come in not knowing what’s going on.”