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Ripon Indians defeat Ceres High
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Ripon swept the Ceres High varsity volleyball team 25-6, 25-19, 25-23 Friday night at Central Valley High School.

"Ripon's a tough team," said Ceres coach Angela Durossette. "A lot of their players play year-round."

The Indians won the Trans-Valley League championship and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division IV playoffs last year.

The Bulldogs finished fourth in the Modesto Metro Conference and secured a berth in the playoffs for the first time since 1998 last season. Ceres fell in the second round in the Division II bracket.

"Ripon's a volleyball town," said Ceres assistant coach Sue Garcia. "We're known for softball and basketball."

Ceres fell to 0-2 in the 2005 standings. The Bulldogs will face non-conference rivals East Union and Golden Valley on Sept. 6 and Sept. 7, respectively. Both games are on the road. Ceres will open league play at Modesto High School on Sept. 13.

Durossette is trying to develop team chemistry. The Bulldogs lost three starters to graduation, including Meghan Franksen, Krystle Brown and Elisha Ferguson. Franksen, Brown and Ferguson played varsity all four years.

"We're going to get there," Durossette said. "We've only been practicing for a couple of weeks."

Ceres posted a .963 serving percentage (53-of-55) against Ripon.

Jennifer Arnold was 7-of-7 serving. She also had five kills, all in the last game, and two blocks.

Crystal Goblirsch was 7-of-7 serving.

Jessica Mazza was 6-of-6 serving. She had three kills and one ace.

Jenna Staggs was 6-of-6 serving.

She had six assists.

Crystal Perez was 5-of-5 serving.

Kaylee Brown had three assists and one ace.

Ceres didn't pose a threat in Game 1.

There were eight ties and nine lead changes in Game 2.

The Indians overcame a six-point deficit in Game 3. Down 11-5, Ripon scored 20 of the final 32 points. There were 10 ties and 11 lead changes.

Momentum might have swayed if the Bulldogs extended the match.

"That would have been nice," Durossette said. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier