With a PAC 7 winning streak dating back to 2004 in jeopardy, the San Luis Obispo High girls tennis team buckled down to win five of the final six sets to claim a 12-6 win at Atascadero on Thursday.
“We made the turn after two rounds at 7-5 and the young ladies had a bit of a gut check,” Tigers (2-0, 1-0) coach Gary Etheredge said. “But they came out really determined (after the break).”
San Luis Obispo’s Tori Troesch was the lone player from either side to win all three of her singles sets, including a 6-2 win over Amber Petersen, who won two of her three singles matches for Atascadero.
The Tigers’ doubles tandem of Christy Hack and Darla Berkefeld won two sets, as did the Atascadero (2-1, 0-1) duo of Marissa Jordan and Rhiannon Dudley.
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“My girls are still young and inexperienced,” Atascadero coach Jennifer Anderson said.
“Once they know what it’s like to fight, we’ll do better.”
Paso Robles 16, Pioneer Valley 2
Maria Petiy set the tone early with a 7-6 (3) win over Caitlyn Brown, the only blemish for Brown, who won the only two points of the day for Pioneer Valley.
“They are very competitive,” Paso Robles coach Laura Clowes said of the rivalry between Brown and Petiy. “It was very back and forth today but a lot of fun to watch.”
The Bearcats (3-0, 1-0 PAC 7) didn’t drop a doubles point, as all three teams swept, including the team of Nicole Evenson and Riley Caruana, who dropped just two games.
Arroyo Grande 15, Righetti 3
Caitlyn Milich and Lauren Hayashi swept three singles sets each for Arroyo Grande, Elizabeth Mero recovered from a 4-1 deficit to win her singles set 6-4 and the Eagles coasted in their PAC 7 opener.
Mia McKinstry won both her singles sets for Arroyo Grande (3-0) while the doubles team of Courtney King and Maurisa Dominguez swept three sets.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with our performance this early in the season,” Eagles coach Lori Hollister said.
Templeton 14, Lompoc 4
The Eagles secured a win against the Braves in their first Los Padres League match of the season.
Shauna Parker and Vivienne Radtke each won two of their three singles matches. The Eagles’ top player, Erin Roberts, won all three of her sets, 6-1, 6-1, 6-0.
Katie Anselmi rebounded after losing her first match 6-2 to win her next two 7-5, 6-2.
“This year the girls are working hard with their footwork, conditioning, and their tennis and it sure showed for their first league match,” Eagles coach Debbie Sullivan said.
Cabrillo 12, Morro Bay 6
In their loss to the Conquistadores, Megan Hansen and Joyce Lo each won two of their singles matches 6-0, 6-0.
Santa Ynez 17, Nipomo 1
In the midst of a stretch of tough matches, the Titans lost to the Pirates at home in their LPL opener.
Tessa Underwood was able to string together a good third set in her singles match against the Pirates’ No. 1 player, taking it 7-5.
St. Joseph 18, Mission Prep 0
The Knights won every match at home.
Mission Prep coach Scott Cleere said he was pleased with the performance of the doubles team of Sydney Ratjens and Maddy Heil.
Arroyo Grande 3, Coast Union 0
The Eagles swept 25-13, 25-7, 25-14 in Cambria.
Kendall VandenBerg had a team-high nine kills, while Madi Ventura had 16 digs and four of Arroyo Grande’s 13 aces.
Coast Union coach Pam Kenyon said her team played well against the county’s most dominant volleyball team.
“Regardless of the outcome, we look forward to a match like that,” Kenyon said. “You get to work on the mental aspect of your game, wanting to do your best knowing that you still have a great team in front of you.”
San Luis Obispo 3, Santa Maria 0
The Tigers had no trouble sweeping Santa Maria, winning 25-6, 25-12, 25-9.
Jessica Chellsen, Alex Attala and Beth Hoyt had seven kills apiece, while Hoyt also contributed a match-high six aces for the Tigers.
Taryn Cooper added a match-high 16 assists for San Luis Obispo (7-2).
Atascadero 3, Lompoc 0
The Greyhounds claimed a 25-5, 25-13, 25-16 decision at home.
Brianna Norlock had nine kills and four digs for Atascadero (5-4), while Brittany Davis added six kills.
Paso Robles 3, Cabrillo 0
The Bearcats swept Cabrillo 25-12, 25-12, 25-23 at home.
Tess Rountree led Paso Robles (3-0) with a match-high 10 kills and seven blocks.
Krista Broderick had nine kills, seven digs and three aces for the Bearcats, and Spencer Young dished out 23 assists.
Mission Prep 3, Nipomo 0
The Royals got a 25-18, 25-14, 25-17 win in Nipomo.
Andrea Fernandez had a match-high 12 kills, 14 digs and four blocks for Mission Prep (2-1), while Kerstin Sanders added 18 digs and two aces.
Candyce Venancio had a team-high 20 digs and five kills for the Titans (3-1), while Sarah Stahl added 15 digs.
Brianna Harvey had six kills and three blocks for Mission Prep.
Coastal Christian 3, Orcutt Academy 0
In their first match of the season the Conquerors beat the Spartans 25-11, 25-13, 25-11.
Leslie Henry had a match-high seven kills to go along with five blocks. Taylor Brooks had 10 aces, and JoAnn Lindstaedt had 17 assists.
Righetti 3, Morro Bay 0
The Pirates were swept by the Warriors 25-22, 25-17, 25-18. No other information was available.
BOYS WATER POLO
San Luis Obispo 15, Cabrillo 8
The Tigers won with sustained offense and solid play from their goalies.
San Luis Obispo led 5-2 after one period and 9-6 at halftime.
Jeffrey Gomez led the Tigers with six goals. Dom Magliari had three goals, and Jackson Allison and Casey Bluer each put in two. Sam Duval had eight saves in goal for the Tigers.
Los Altos 16, Morro Bay 6;Steele Canyon 15, Morro Bay 3
Tyler Fraser had two goals in each game for Morro Bay, which is com- peting at the Los Altos Conqueror Classic.
Mac Reinhart had a combined 14 saves for the Pirates (0-3).
Righetti 205, St. Joseph 231, Arroyo Grande 256, Paso Robles 267, San Luis Obispo 270, Atascadero 301, Pioneer Valley 310
Kelsey Nolan, Marion Smit and the Warriors proved to be the best in a 7 event at Cypress Ridge Golf Course.
Nolan and Smit tied for the tournament low, both shooting a 38 for nine holes.
In her first varsity competition, Ramie Castilleja came through with a personal best of 48 for Arroyo Grande.