The San Luis Obispo High girls volleyball team outlasted Atascadero in a key second game to even the score en route to a 3-1 comeback victory in the PAC 7 opener for both teams Tuesday night.
In front of a home crowd and hoping to avoid a third loss to San Luis Obispo (7-2) in the young season, Atascadero (4-5) came out firing to a 25-11 first-set victory.
The Tigers, however, kept their cool and turned the momentum in a back-and-forth second set for the 11-25, 27-25, 25-22, 25-14 victory.
“It was a really good match,” Tigers coach Manuel Carter said. “They came out fired up but we came up with small plays in the second set to turn the momentum.”
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Added Greyhounds coach Trent Lunceford: “San Luis Obispo is a really good team and we had a golden opportunity in the second game, but we made some mistakes. And they weathered the storm.”
The Tigers and Greyhounds met twice in the San Luis Obispo pre-conference tournament, with San Luis Obispo taking both victories. Atascadero gave them a tougher showing Tuesday, winning the first game and going back and forth on the next two, but San Luis Obispo managed to keep the result the same.
Atascadero’s Brianna Norlock led all players with 12 kills, and teammate Haley Ogden led the match with 29 assists.
San Luis Obispo’s Elizabeth Culpepper had 11 kills, and Kennedy Peters added 22 assists. Linnea Ramirez led the match with 25 digs.
————Arroyo Grande 3, Righetti 0
The Eagles had little trouble dropping Righetti on the road, winning 25-16, 25-6, 25-7.
Nicole Leger had a match-high 12 kills for Arroyo Grande (4-0, 1-0 PAC 7), while Kendall VandenBerg added five to go along with seven aces.
Maggi Jo Keffury had 29 assists. and Madi Ventura contributed 19 digs for the Eagles.
Paso Robles 3, Pioneer Valley 0
Paso Robles won its PAC 7 opener on the road.
The Bearcats (7-2, 1-0) won 25-12, 25-11, 25-7 with a persistent offensive attack.
“We served well and that allowed us to have a lot of offensive opportunities,” Paso Robles coach Terry Gutierrez said.
Tess Rountree led the Bearcats with eight kills. Molly Donovan logged a team-high four blocks to go with six kills, and Kellie Reynolds added a strong all-around game with 26 assists, four digs, and four aces.
Templeton 3, Morro Bay 2
The Eagles won in five sets at home. Set scores were unavailable.
Natalie Madson had a team-high 16 kills, while Jeanine Madson added 11 and seven aces.
Natalie Maloney had 26 digs for the Eagles (3-2, 1-0 Los Padres League).
Mission Prep 3, Gunn 0
At home, Mission Prep won 25-10, 25-7, 25-17.
Grace Ready led the Royals (3-1) with seven kills, and Deirdre Laird tallied 15 assists and 14 digs. Andrea Fernandez had 13 digs, five kills, and three blocks.
Coastal Christian 3, Cuyama 0
Coastal Christian got a 25-16, 25-19, 25-9 road win.
Leslie Henry had team-highs in kills (nine) and digs (16) for the Conquerors (2-0, 1-0 Coast Valley League).
Grace Napier added eight kills and five aces, while JoAnn Lindstaedt had a team-high 18 assists and five aces.
Coast Union 3, Orcutt Academy 0
In its conference opener, Coast Union swept Orcutt Academy 25-9, 25-13, 25-12.
Karla Soto had eight kills, and Sophie Flemion tallied 23 assists and five aces for the Broncos (1-3, 1-0 CVL).
Maricopa 3, North County Christian 0
North County Christian showed its rust in its season opener at home against Maricopa in straight sets, losing 25-11, 25-17, 25-22.
Brianna Feld led the Crusaders with eight kills, and Cheyenne Ricks added all 14 of their assists.
Arroyo Grande 15, Pioneer Valley 3
Arroyo Grande freshman Lauren Hayashi swept three sets for the Eagles, including a 6-1 win over Caitlyn Brown to improve her individual record to 17-1 on the season.
“She is going to end up being someone to watch this season,” Eagles coach Lori Hollister said. “She is definitely going to end up as a fierce competitor in the league.”
Courtney King and Maurisa Dominguez swept three doubles sets for Arroyo Grande (5-0, 2-0 PAC 7), which remained unbeaten.
Orcutt Academy 12, Nipomo 6
Nipomo’s singles players won six of their nine sets, but it wasn’t enough to beat Orcutt Academy.
Freshman Kelly Barrett made her debut at singles by winning two of three sets, 6-2, 6-3, 1-6 for the Titans (0-5), and Tessa Underwood added two wins.
Templeton 12, Morro Bay 6
The Eagles got doubles sweeps from Shelby Baum and Nicole Roberts, and the team of Mimi Cline and Sammar Smesme.Erin Roberts and Danielle Grassi each won two singles sets for Templeton.
Coast Union 11, Mission Prep 7
Nikki Anderson, Alex Zaragoza and Rubi Martinez all swept in singles for Coast Union (1-3).
The Broncos’ doubles tandem of Mariam Schwalm and Morgan May won two of three sets to help Coast Union get its first win of the year.
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Atascadero 9, San Luis Obispo 7
Chad Ponek led Atascadero with five goals in the PAC 7 opener for both teams.
The Tigers (4-4) took a 4-3 halftime lead, but the Greyhounds (1-0) scored three in the third and two in the fourth for the win.
Dom Magliari led the Tigers with three goals and four others chipped in with one goal apiece.
Paso Robles 15, Pioneer Valley 6
The Bearcats (2-5) used their PAC 7 opener to expand their rotation and practice a few new sets in preparation for their test against Atascadero on Thursday.
Devon Nicklas led the Bearcats with three goals and eight others turned in a goal in the strong all-around team performance.
“It was good to see that other guys could step up and make some decent shots,” said Bearcat coach Duane McRoy. “It will be harder for other teams if they can’t focus on guarding just a few people.”
Righetti 12, Arroyo Grande 3
The Warriors outscored Arroyo Grande 5-0 in the first half and coasted to the win.
Kevin Meffert had two goals for the Eagles (4-3, 0-1 PAC 7), while Tanner Sandman added one.
John Kullman made seven blocks for Arroyo Grande.
Dos Pueblos 212, Paso Robles 239
Ashley Levanduski shot a team-best 39 for the Bearcats over nine holes at Glenn Annie Golf Course in Goleta.
Vanessa Villa took medalist honors by shooting an even-par 35.
Tori Sepulveda and Kim Bergin each carded a 41 for Paso Robles (3-2).