Ripon Christian captures second title in row

DAVIS -- Candice Adema and Andrea Terpstra seemed to be on collision course at the net.

It was a well-rehearsed play. Adema took a pass and set the volleyball almost straight up; and before the ball reached its apex, Terpstra smashed it straight down.

The two teamed up almost constantly in Thursday afternoon's Sac-Joaquin Section Division V volleyball championship at UC Davis, and the results were predictably in the Knights' favor -- a 27-25, 25-15, 25-10 sweep over outmatched Woodland Christian.

It's the 12th such title in Ripon Christian's history, a section record. And it's the second championship in a row for the Knights (20-14). With the victory, Ripon Christian will play a CIF Northern California Division V regional match at home Tuesday. The Northern California brackets will be released Sunday.

Ripon Christian's victory was decided early, when Woodland Christian chose not to put up a block against the 6-foot-1-inch Terpstra, hoping to dig her kill attempts before they hit the floor. Instead, Terpstra pounded away for 17 kills.

"Once we got that first kill in, we knew it was going to be a good match," Terpstra said. "We normally run a lot of combinations, where I run behind Candice. But she kept telling me, 'Go in front. They can't stop you.' "

They didn't. And they didn't stop Adema, either. The rangy setter led RC with 29 assists, and was also a presence at the net with three blocks.

"We knew we were going to connect for this match," Adema said. "We had it all going. Great passes, great hitting. Andrea hit it all over the place."

For RC coach Tiger Shelton, just as important were the passes to Adema.

"The little girls in the back row, they're the magic," he said. "If Candice gets a pass where she has options, we're dangerous.

"And Andrea -- there's a reason she's going to (University of the Pacific)."

Terpstra got in the act from the back in the third game. She served for eight consecutive points midway through the game and the Knights did most of their damage with her out of the front.

Next up: NorCals.

"We aren't done," Adema said. "State's our goal. We want to get to state."

Bee staff writer Will DeBoard can be reached at or 578-2300.