After his Arroyo Grande High boys water polo team upset Righetti on Sept. 29, Eagles coach Steven Allen knew he’d have to refocus his players.
“That’s been the hardest part,” Allen said of the Eagles’ recent 17-15 win over the Warriors that elevated them to No. 5 in the CIF-Southern Section Division IV rankings. “We’ve had to get them to understand they can’t be happy with that one win and to keep playing well.”
Apparently, the Eagles got the message. They established a quick 5-0 lead over San Luis Obispo on Thursday afternoon on the way to a 14-6 win at Sinsheimer Pool.
Eric Marsh led the Eagles (11-5, 5-0 PAC 7) with six goals, and Luka Vukamonovic and Casey Higginbotham added three apiece.
“That was probably some of the best team polo we’ve played,” Allen said. “People were giving up the ball to the right people at the right times.”
Goalkeeper John Kullman made seven saves for Arroyo Grande, which shut out the Tigers in the third quarter.
“They played really aggressively, and it gave us troubles,” San Luis Obispo coach Aaron Sue said.
San Luis Obispo (3-1 PAC 7) was able to claim the final period 3-1. Dragan Dincic led the Tigers with three goals. Tommy Caffrey had 11 saves in defeat.
Righetti 15, Atascadero 5
Chad Ponek led the Greyhounds (8-4, 1-3 PAC 7) with two goals.
“We had a good first half,” Atascadero coach Mitch Stafford said.
The Greyhounds, however, were unable to recover from the 7-3 score after the first half.
“Righetti is a real strong team and, unfortunately, it showed in the fourth quarter,” Stafford said.
San Luis Obispo Tournament
Arroyo Grande achieved a historic team score of 218, breaking last year’s tournament record (220).
The Eagles’ Karissa Mattimoe and Brooke Bennett carded personal bests of 42 and 44, respectively Alex Anderson’s 51 turned the 218 tie between Arroyo Grande and Righetti into an Eagles victory as the fifth-place score was used to break the tie.
Alessia Weckenmann (San Luis Obispo), Stina Hansson (Arroyo Grande) and Makayla Mier (Righetti) shared medalist honors, each carding a 39.
Arroyo Grande 3, Pioneer Valley 0
Rachel Ventura led Arroyo Grande (12-2, 5-0 PAC 7) with six kills and five aces in its 25-4, 25-9, 25-8 sweep.
San Luis Obispo 3, Righetti 0
Kristin Urias had a team-high nine kills, 13 assists and 11 digs in the Tigers’ 25-22, 25-15, 25-14 home sweep.
The Tigers (7-6, 3-2 PAC 7) also got eight kills and two blocks from Elizabeth Culpepper.
Paso Robles 3, Atascadero 1
Tess Rountree led the Bearcats (11-4, 4-1 PAC 7) with 24 kills in their 25-22, 12-25, 25-16, 25-13 win.
Maritza Juarez followed Rountree with 13 kills, and Karlee Anderson contributed seven blocks for Paso Robles.
Kiah Featherstone led Atascadero (8-2, 4-2 PAC 7) with 15 kills, three aces and four blocks.
Morro Bay 3, Cabrillo 0
Morro Bay swept 25-13, 25-16, 25-22. Monica Santiago had 16 digs, and Kylie Gacad added 28 assists for the Pirates (3-2 LPL).
Templeton 3, Lompoc 0
The Eagles swept 25-11, 25-15, 25-17. Kiersten Humphries had eight kills, three blocks and 11 digs for Templeton (2-3 LPL).
Maricopa 3, Coastal Christian 0
Coastal Christian’s Leslie Henry had 10 kills and two aces, and Grace Napier added 13 kills and two blocks in the 25-8, 25-22, 25-16 loss.
North County Christian 3, Cuyama Valley 1
The Crusaders won 25-14, 23-25, 25-13, 25-14.
Ashlee Soots had seven aces, and Cheyenne Ricks added 11 assists for North County Christian.
San Luis Obispo 15, Arroyo Grande 3
San Luis Obispo’s Tori Troesch, Abigail Will and Kristy Kayatta swept there three singles matches.
Allie Martin and Caitlin Milich had one win for Arroyo Grande in doubles, and Kimmy Turner and Brianna Flood added two more.Alex Koffman and Lili Voisinet had two doubles wins for San Luis Obispo (6-0 PAC 7).
Paso Robles 17, Santa Maria 1
Maria Petiy swept three matches without losing a game as the Bearcats (8-1) manhandled the Saints in a nonleague matchup in Santa Maria.
Righetti 10, Atascadero 8
Kristen McBride won two matches for Atascadero (2-4 PAC 7), and Claire Jacobs added one more.
Atascadero had two doubles wins from the teams of Tori Contreras and Bre Nothstein, and Marissa Jordan and Rhiannon Dudley.
Nipomo 12, Pioneer Valley 6
Gina Armini led Nipomo (3-7, 1-5 PAC 7) with two of Titans’ five singles wins. Jenny Cardenas and Tessa Underwood led Nipomo in doubles, sweeping their three matches 6-1, 6-2, 6-1.
Cabrillo 14, Morro Bay 4
Megan Hansen swept her three singles matches for the Pirates (2-5-1, 1-4-1 Los Padres League) in Cabrillo.