RC nets NorCal 4th seed

The three remaining Stanislaus District high school volleyball teams know who they're going to play on Tuesday, as the CIF State Volleyball championship brackets were released on Sunday.

Sac-Joaquin Section Division V champion Ripon Christian (20-14) received the No. 4 seed in the state Division V bracket, and will play host to North Coast Section runner-up Valley Christian of Dublin (16-6) Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Should the Knights win that game, they would most likely play No. 1 seed St. Francis of Watsonville in the next round on Saturday.

"St. Francis of Watsonville is probably the toughest team out there," RC coach Tiger Shelton said after his Knights won their second consecutive section title last Thursday. "We'll just have to see what happens."

Setter Candice Adema and middle hitter Andrea Terpstra were dominant in RC's section sweep of Woodland Christian. The Knights have the ability to go to the state championship match should those two continue their hot streak.

Section Division III runner-up Oakdale (29-4) travels to No. 3 seed Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco in a Division III first-round match. The Fighting Irish (20-9) play in one of the toughest volleyball leagues in the state: the West Catholic Athletic League.

Should Oakdale win that match, it would play the Valley Christian of San Jose-Bishop O'Dowd winner on Saturday. Bishop O' Dowd is the No. 2 seed.

Section Division IV runner-up Ripon (43-5) is at No. 4 seed Sutter (41-1), which won the Northern Section championship and has won 31 matches in a row.

While the Huskies' record is gaudy, they've also played almost their entire schedule against other Northern Section teams. The Northern Section is not considered to be on par with the Sac-Joaquin and Bay Area sections for volleyball.

If the Indians beat Sutter, they would most likely play at the No. 1 seed, Menlo, on Saturday.

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