San Luis Obispo High girls volleyball coach Manny Carter knew that Tuesday’s match with Paso Robles would go a long way in shaping the team’s outlook for the rest of the season.
After a 25-18, 25-17, 25-19 San Luis Obispo win, Carter and the Tigers see the opportunity is now at hand to make a move within the PAC 7.
“We really wanted to get over that hump of tying for third (in the PAC 7) the last couple years,” Carter said. “So we came out focused on trying to play at our best.”
Paso Robles beat San Luis Obispo twice last season, a fact that Carter said motivated the team.
“It was big for us because they beat us both times last year,” he said. “Now we finally knocked them off this year.”
Beth Hoyt had a match-high 16 kills for the Tigers (11-2), while Jessica Chellsen added 10.
Kennedy Peters spread the ball for San Luis Obispo, dishing out 40 assists, and Linnea Ramirez led the Tigers with 18 digs.“Paso always has a pretty good team, but we definitely came out and wanted it a little bit more,” Carter said.
Arroyo Grande 3, Atascadero 0
Arroyo Grande stayed undefeated with a three-set road victory over Atascadero, winning 29-27, 25-18, 25-14.
The Eagles (6-0, 3-0 PAC 7) fell behind in the first set 23-20, before taking the next three points and outlasting the Greyhounds.
Kendall Vandenberg led the Eagles attack with 18 kills, and Nicole Leger added nine.
Maggi Jo Keffury turned in a solid all-around game for Arroyo Grande, distributing 38 assists to go with two aces and two kills.
Kiah Featherstone had a team-high 14 kills for Atascadero (5-7, 0-3), while Brianna Norlock added 10 kills and 10 digs.
Nipomo 3, Templeton 1
Nipomo got a Los Padres League victory, winning 25-19, 20-25, 25-11, 26-24.
Templeton (2-1 LPL) got five kills each from Natalie Madson and Heather Fields but was doomed by several errors, including 18 in the final game.
Coast Union 3, Valley Christian 0
Coast Union defeated Valley Christian Academy 25-21, 25-14, 25-13 at home.
The Broncos (3-3, 2-0 Coast Valley League) swept thanks in part to the serving of Sophie Flemion. The junior had her jump serve working smoothly, as she logged seven aces to go along with 32 assists.
Middle hitter Nicky Ortiz led the Broncos with 13 kills.
North County Christian 3, Cuyama Valley 0
The Crusaders claimed a 25-18, 25-20, 25-11 home win.
Cristy Scarson had a match-high 14 aces for North County Christian (1-2 Coast Valley League), while Cheyenne Ricks added eight and a team-high 14 assists.
Jessica Lindquist had eight kills for the Crusaders and Jessica Yoshida added five digs.
Coastal Christian 3, Shandon 0
Leslie Henry had a match-high 14 kills and added 29 digs for the Conquerors (3-0, 2-0 Coast Valley League) while Koral Wright had a match-high 37 digs. JoAnn Lindstaedt had a team-best 22 assists.
BOYS WATER POLO
San Luis Obispo 11, Paso Robles 10, 3 OT
The Tigers won on a sudden-death overtime victory on Jeff Gomez’s goal.
Gomez had a team-high five goals while Jackson Allison added four. The two combined for all three overtime goals for San Luis Obispo (1-1 PAC 7).
Austin McCall led Paso Robles with five goals, while Chris Vinson added two.
The Tigers led 6-1 at halftime before the Bearcats (3-6, 2-1) rallied to force overtime.
“What I’m really proud of is that we came out flat and were down at the half, but we played the second half very strong and still had a chance to win,” Paso Robles coach Duane McRoy said.
Sam Duval made a match-high 18 saves for San Luis Obispo.
Arroyo Grande 15, Atascadero 10
The Eagles (6-4, 2-1 PAC 7) got five goals from Kevin Meffert and four from Tanner Sandman to beat Atasacadero.
John Kullman made 10 saves for Arroyo Grande, while Nickolas Ruiz and Walter Chaffee added two scores each.
St. Joseph 12, Atascadero 6
At St. Joseph, Atascadero won six of nine singles sets, but it couldn’t pull out any doubles points.
Amber Petersen swept her matches 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 to lead the Greyhounds.
Rhiannon Dudley won two of three sets with scores of 6-4 and 6-1.
Paso Robles 18, Mission Prep 0The Bearcats (4-2) didn’t drop a set in San Luis Obispo.
Maria Petiy won all three of her sets without dropping a game, as did the doubles teams of Nicole Evenson and Riley Caruana and the tandem of Maddie Coons and Elli Bernal.
Petiy’s wins improved her record to 16-2.
Morro Bay 9, Lompoc 9 (85-80)
Morro Bay narrowly defeated Lompoc, edging the Braves in games won.
Sierra Wilcox and Jessica Wagner swept their doubles matches 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 to give the Pirates (2-2 LPL) three of their five doubles wins.
Megan Hansen (2-6, 6-1, 6-0) and Joyce Lo (4-6, 6-4, 6-1) both won two sets to round out the singles scoring.
The match between Templeton and Nipomo and the San Luis Obispo match with Arroyo Grande were postponed because of heat concerns.
San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande are slated to play at 3 today. The Templeton-Nipomo match is scheduled for Monday.