Prep Roundup: Arroyo Grande girls tennis team wins thriller over SLO

Eagles win on games to clinch PAC 7 title, stay perfect in league

sports@thetribunenews.comOctober 22, 2013 

The Arroyo Grande High girls tennis team pulled off a come-from-behind victory to beat San Luis Obispo 88-71 in games Tuesday and clinch the PAC 7 title after tying 9-9 in sets.

Down 7-6 in sets in the second round, Melina Rodgers won a crucial game in a 7-6 (7-4) tiebreaker to keep the Eagles (15-1, 11-0) in the match.

In the third round, the doubles team of Olivia Madison and Mekayla Landers pulled out a key 6-4 victory in their final set and put the score at 9-8.

Then, the doubles team of Joanne Phung and Angelica Gagliano completed the comeback with a 6-4 win and clinched the game in matches for Arroyo Grande.

“San Luis Obispo put up a good fight,” coach Lori Hollister said. “But in the end, we pulled out some key sets.  In the final set, Joanne and Angelica stayed extremely composed, particularly when they were serving. Angelica hit an ace on the final point, which is difficult to do.”

Sophie Whittle swept 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 in singles play for the Eagles and is now 19-0 in the PAC 7.

Lauren Hayashi also swept 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 in singles play and is 22-0 in the PAC 7 for Arroyo Grande.

San Luis Obispo (13-5, 8-2) won seven of its nine doubles sets.

Caroline Burke and Lauren Hutkin swept 6-2, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 for the Tigers.

The doubles teams of Annaliese Lippold and Sami Good, and Maia Hoffman and Joelle Lewis both won two of three sets. 

Lompoc 15, Nipomo 3

Kelly Springford won two sets for the Titans (7-8, 4-6 Los Padres League), and the doubles team of Ashley Jimenez and Monica Guerrero won the other set.


Atascadero 3, Paso Robles 0

Kendall Featherstone led the Greyhounds with 14 kills and 12 digs in their 25-23, 26-24, 25-16 sweep of the Bearcats.

Setter Brooke Harbottle had 25 assists for Atascadero (17-10, 6-2 PAC 7), Maren Cracknell had eight kills and Kaylie Griffin had five kills. Sabrina Degnan had 15 digs for the Greyhounds.

Morgan Lawson had nine kills, nine aces and seven digs for Paso Robles (8-12, 1-8).

Maddi Chace had eight kills and two blocks for the Bearcats, and Kailey Warren had six kills and six digs.

Arroyo Grande 3, Pioneer Valley 0

Ashlyn Herlihy had 20 kills, two blocks and two aces while scoring the last eight points of the game, as the Eagles rolled 25-2, 25-15, 25-5.

Megan McGuigan had 10 kills, and Kacee Fox had four aces and 21 digs and had six straight points in the third set for Arroyo Grande (17-8, 9-0 PAC 7). Kate Empey had 11 digs, five kills and three aces, and Alaina Hogeboom had 38 assists.

Nipomo 3, Morro Bay 1

Megan Tenaflor led the Titans to a comeback win, 15-25, 25-22, 25-14, 25-23, as she provided 23 assists and 10 digs. Sam Baker added 21 digs and 10 kills for Nipomo (8-9, 5-3 LPL), and Taylor Nevitt had 11 kills and 28 digs.

Templeton 3, Santa Maria 1

The Eagles knocked off Santa Maria, 25-2, 24-26, 25-9, 25-12.

Mary Stewart had 12 kills and 10 assists, and Lauren Ralston had 15 aces, eight digs and five kills for Templeton (13-1, 8-1 LPL).

Elsa Strysko and Lucy Portillo each added 10 kills, while Josi Kelly provided 20 assists.

Mission Prep 3, Thacher 0

The Royals swept the Toads, 25-10, 25-10, 25-13.

Noelle Laird led Mission Prep (10-3) with 12 kills and four aces. Sarah Reed and Jennifer Laird both had seven kills for the Royals, and Laird had 11 digs. Catherine Ikeda led with 14 assists for Mission Prep. 

Coastal Christian 3, Valley Christian 0

Stephany Young had 20 kills, 14 digs and four aces to lead the Conquerors to a 25-23, 25-14, 25-13 sweep over the Lions.

Isabelle Unger had 16 digs, four kills and three aces, and Audrey Berdar had 31 assists, 11 digs and two aces for Coastal Christian (16-5, 8-1 Coast Valley League).

Roni Garrison had 16 kills, five kills and four aces and Whitney Davis had 13 digs and two aces.

Coast Union 3, North County Christian 1

The Broncos triumphed in the CVL battle, 15-25, 25-21, 25-17, 26-24.

Eleri Terryman had 10 kills, Itzel Saazedra had six kills and five aces, Sage Radecki had 27 assists and Cristina Plasencia had 16 digs and four aces for Coast Union (8-7, 7-2).

Aliyah Morrison led the Crusaders with five aces and 15 kills.

Gabrielle Morrison added 18 assists while Kelsie McRoy provided 15 digs for North County Christian (11-7, 6-2).


Atascadero 17, Pioneer Valley 5

The Greyhounds cruised past Pioneer Valley with the help of Dylan Hughes, who had five goals.

Jack Fisher and Sam Beraud added three goals, and James Fisher had five saves for Atascadero (9-14, 2-3 PAC 7).

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