Arroyo Grande High’s boys volleyball team hasn’t lost a league match this year, and it hasn’t even been tested yet.
The Eagles (12-0, 5-0 PAC 7) swept San Luis Obispo (6-4, 2-3) in straight sets 25-16, 25-13, 25-15 in a dominant performance on the Tigers’ home court Tuesday.
The Eagles dictated the control of the match, handling the ball extremely well, and jumped on mistakes by the Tigers, who were playing without injured starting setter Kiaren Hansen.
Arroyo Grande setter Jack Empey shared the ball with several teammates, racking up 35 assists, and Cameron Arnet rained down 12 kills to lead his team.
The Eagles jumped out to early leads in each set, and San Luis Obispo found itself scrambling to try to stay in the match.
Arroyo Grande senior David Sun used his topspin serve with power to keep the Tigers off balance, and his team racked up five points on his serve in the second set to maintain the Eagles’ advantage.
“I thought we played almost flawlessly today,” Sun said. “Everybody was hitting well, we set well, and we just came together very well as a team.”
Sun said he has been working on his jump serve and to get five consecutive points off the high toss spinner was “fun.”
Eagles coach Laurel Allen credited Empey for getting many of his teammates involved, including 6-foot-4 junior middle hitter Andrew Midyett, who had six kills and six blocks.
“Jack really moves the ball, and he’s just really steady,” Allen said. “We’re a team that likes to get a lot of different players in on the action.”
Wyatt Bishop had seven kills and five blocks for the Eagles.
San Luis Obispo was able to get two or three consecutive points a couple of times in the match, but each time faltered and lost momentum on either missed serves or mishandled passes.
San Luis Obispo coach Manny Carter said he has a young team that’s still developing, and losing a starting setter for an estimated two weeks to a leg injury is a difficult adjustment.
“(Hansen) is our quarterback,” Carter said. “We only had a day to prepare for one of our bigger matches of the year without him.”
Junior Rennie Heza filled in admirably, however, and recorded 19 assists for the Tigers, who were led by Shea McSorley’s six kills. Trey Davis and Parker Lauritzen had five kills apiece for the Tigers, and Davis also had 15 digs.
Carter said the Tigers are still working out the kinks in terms of positioning and timing and still learning to play with one another.
“They were bigger and stronger than us today,” Carter said. “We’ll have to just go back to practice (today) and prepare to come back tough for our next league match against St. Joseph.”
Allen said that her team will work to improve and prepare for a Crecenta Valley tournament later this season that will be a tune-up for the CIF-Southern Section postseason.
“We have to keep on building and working hard looking forward,” Allen said.