RIPON — The Ripon High volleyball team had little trouble in dispatching West Campus of Sacramento in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV first-round playoff match Tuesday night.
But there were moments when it seemed the players' minds were elsewhere.
"Christian Brothers," Ripon coach Larry Keethe said. "It's all they think about."
But first things first. Jenna Dunkel pounded 13 kills and Kelsey Johnston handed out 18 assists as the Indians (40-4) took about an hour to sweep the Warriors 25-18, 25-8, 25-20 at Ripon High School.
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The top-seeded Indians play host to No. 8 Le Grand, a four-game winner over Loretto of Sacramento, on Thursday.
The outcome was never in doubt, and the Indians put on a show in the second game. Boise State-bound senior Kirsten Duren served for 11 consecutive points as Ripon cruised to the 25-8 win.
"We looked at this as a tuneup," Keethe said. "We didn't play well the entire time, although we played reasonably well in the second game. The girls know they'll have to play better down the road."
Waiting on the other side of the bracket could be Christian Brothers, which defeated Ripon in the last two section championship matches. Earlier this season, the Falcons beat the Indians in a hotly-contested five-game match.
"These are the games that get us to UC Davis (the site of the section volleyball finals)," Duren said. "We know we have to work harder to get there."
HILMAR 3, ESCALON 0, at Hilmar — Caitlin Benning had 11 kills and setter Madison Harris 24 assists as the Yellowjackets toppled the Cougars 25-16, 25-23, 25-23 in their Division IV first-round match. Harris saved the second game with two dumps for kills for key points down the stretch. Hilmar fell behind 6-1 in the third game before rallying to tie it at 19 and going on to the victory.
The No. 5 Yellowjackets play No. 13 Colfax in Hilmar in a Thursday night quarterfinal.
MARIPOSA 3, CAPITAL CHRISTIAN 0, at Mariposa — Hannah Jay led the Grizzlies (18-3) with eight kills and three blocks en route to a 25-15, 25-20, 25-11 Division IV win.
No. 7 Mariposa is at No. 2 Vacaville Christian in a Thursday quarterfinal.
OAKDALE 3, EL CAMINO 1, at Oakdale — Jackee Lee led the way for the Mustangs (19-3) with 23 assists and seven aces in a 25-18, 21-25, 25-10, 25-16 Division III victory over the Eagles.
Jaci Powell and Alexis Evans led Oakdale with nine kills each. The No. 3 Mustangs play host to No. 6 Dixon in a Thursday quarterfinal.
NAPA 3, BEYER 1, at Napa — Despite eight kills, three blocks and four aces from Kaycee Martinez, the Patriots (12-4) saw their season end against the Indians in a Division I match.
BIG VALLEY CHRISTIAN 3, SACRAMENTO COUNTRY DAY 2, at Modesto — The No. 3 Lions (19-10) needed five games to dispatch Sacramento Country Day in a Division V match, thanks to nine kills from Tiffany Miller and 24 assists from Annika Rigney.
RIPON CHRISTIAN 3, SIERRA CHRISTIAN 0, at Ripon — Alyssa Vermeulen had seven aces and Michele Terpstra 12 assists as the Knights wasted little time in sweeping Sierra Christian 25-6, 25-2, 25-10 in a Division V match. No. 7 RC plays at No. 2 Stone Ridge Christian on Thursday.
WOODLAND CHRISTIAN 3, TURLOCK CHRISTIAN 1, at Woodland — The top-seeded Cardinals (21-8) needed four games to defeat the No. 16 Eagles (17-17) in a Division V match. Rebecca Muller had nine kills and Johanna Muller 29 assists for TC.
LINDEN 3, ORESTIMBA 0, at Linden — The No. 6 Lions (18-5) rolled past the No. 11 Warriors (19-9) in a Division IV match. Katie Chiccone had 28 assists for Orestimba.