The San Luis Obispo High girls tennis team dropped just five games in sweeping nine singles matches in a 15-3 CIF-Southern Section Division III first-round playoff win over San Gabriel on Thursday in San Luis Obispo.
Abigail Will and Tori Troesch each dropped just one game apiece in three matches for the Tigers (17-1).
With the outcome decided early, San Luis Obispo coach Gary Etheredge was afforded a rare playoff luxury in being able to get all of his players onto the court.
“It was nice to have all the girls play,” Etheredge said. “Our singles definitely set the tone for us.”
The PAC 7 champion doubles team of Alex Coffman and Lili Voisinet swept two doubles matches but were replaced before playing a third match.
Etheredge said the team should be fresh for their matchup Saturday against the winner of a Long Beach Poly-La Reina contest. The site of the match will be determined by a coin flip this morning.
St. Bonaventure at Paso Robles
The Division III playoff match was postponed due to rain and will be made up today at noon in Paso Robles.
Mission Prep 3, Fresno Christian 0
Danielle Brescia led Mission Prep (15-3) with 16 kills and three aces in its 25-23, 25-18, 25-13 sweep, making the Royals the CIF-Central Section Division V champion.
Sadie Casacca had 12 kills and three aces, and Deirdre Laird finished with 32 assists.
The bracket featured only three teams, and Mission Prep opened the playoffs already in the championship.
“It was different going into finals this year being that the first playoff game was the final game,” Mission Prep coach Michelle Lakey said.
She added that in the future, she hopes the bracket grows.
“It’s a little disappointing,” she said of the bracket only having the three contenders. “I know there are more teams out there (in our division), and I don’t know their reasons for not competing, but we hope that in the future, it will get larger and be more competitive.”
Rancho Cucamonga 3, Arroyo Grande 2
Arroyo Grande (20-3) lost 25-23, 18-25, 24-26, 26-24, 15-4, ending its season in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I-A postseason.
Rachel Ventura led Arroyo Grande with 23 kills and three blocks, and Chelsey McKelvy followed with 19 kills. Nicole Leger finished with 10 kills and three aces, and Madison Ventura had 38 digs and two aces.
“This was a close match until game five,” Arroyo Grande coach Ernie Santa Cruz said. “(In game five) we got in a 9-1 hole and never recovered.”
This year was the fourth in a row that the Eagles went undefeated against their PAC 7 league competition.
El Dorado 3, Paso Robles 0
The Bearcats got a team-high 14 kills from outside hitter Maritza Juarez in a season-ending 25-11, 25-18, 25-16 loss in the second round of Division I-A play.
Tess Rountree added nine kills, and Krista Broderick had seven digs for the Bearcats (19-6).
Mission Prep at CIF-Central Section Finals
Annie Mooney won the girls individual title, and Mission Prep won both the boys and girls team titles at the sectional finals at Woodward Park in Fresno.
Mooney led the girls to their 12th straight championship and was the first of five Royals to finish in the top 10. Tricia Mooney finished fourth, Rachel Frye was fifth and Demitria Castañon finished ninth.
The girls got a letter from former Royals standout Jordan Hasay that was read in front of the team. Coach Leslie Monaco said that the letter inspired them.
“(The letter) walked them through the race and told them what to expect,” Monaco explained. “Here are the youngsters on our team having never been through this, and to hear what Jordan had to say — she nailed it. When the girls finished the race, I thought about those words she had written. I think it really helped them.”
On the boys side, Niels Smidth led a group of five Royals in the top 10, finishing third. Arturo Siqueiros was fifth.The boys won the team title 32-39 over Fresno Christian.
BOYS WATER POLO
Arroyo Grande 15, Downey 6
Eric Marsh had six goals, including five in the first quarter as the Eagles (20-11) advanced to the second round of the Southern Section Division IV playoffs.
Arroyo Grande, which led 8-2 at the half, got three goals apiece from Kevin Meffert and Adam Stevens.
John Kullman and Ryan Morgan combined on 10 saves for the Eagles, who will host Palos Verdes at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Cerritos 18, San Luis Obispo 10
Jason Lee had six goals for host Cerritos in the first round of the Division IV playoffs.
Jeffrey Gomez led the Tigers (15-12) with three goals, while teammates Josh Pearl, Dragan Dincic and Kyle McAlahney each added two.
CIF-Southern Section individual finals
Stina Hansson shot an 84 for Arroyo Grande, but did not advance to the CIF final. She was the first player in school history to advance to the Southern Section individual finals.