The Paso Robles High girls volleyball team overcame some sloppy play to beat Atascadero 25-23, 25-13, 15-25, 25-18 in a PAC 7 match on Tuesday night in Atascadero.
“It probably wasn’t the best match I’ve ever seen,” Bearcats coach Terry Gutierrez said. “They didn’t play as well as they wanted and we certainly didn’t play our best, but we survived the errors.”
Paso Robles (14-3, 7-1) escaped to meet up with San Luis Obispo on Thursday, with sole ownership of the league lead on the line.Tess Rountree had a match-high 17 kills and added three blocks for the Bearcats, and Molly Donovan added eight kills.
Atascadero (4-4 PAC 7) was led by Brittany Davis’ 15 kills and two blocks, while Brianna Norlock had 10 kills and 12 digs.
“We had a few more key blocks in the fourth game,” Gutierrez said. “We played a little bit better defense and pulled it out.”
Arroyo Grande 3, Pioneer Valley 0
The Eagles dominated, winning 25-7, 25-9, 25-13 on the road.
Kendall VandenBerg led Arroyo Grande (12-3, 6-2 PAC 7) with seven kills, while Nicole Leger had six and Alyssa Koenig added four.
Maggi Keffury dished out 28 assists and also had five kills.
Morro Bay 3, Nipomo 0
Morro Bay brought its winning streak to four games with a straight-set sweep over Nipomo.
The Pirates (5-3 Los Padres League) won 25-22, 25-15, 25-19 to avenge a 3-0 loss to Nipomo (4-3) earlier in the year.
The win put Morro Bay squarely in a tie for second in league to complete a seven-day stretch that saw them beat three teams ahead of them in the standings — Cabrillo, Templeton and Nipomo.
Olivia Watt had nine kills to lead the Pirates, and sister Carli Watt added seven to pace the balanced Morro Bay attack. Kylie Gacad led the team with 27 assists.
Sarah Stahl led Nipomo with 25 digs, and Stephanie Persky added six kills.
Templeton 3, Santa Maria 0
The Eagles got a 25-18, 25-14, 25-9 win.
Carly Roth led Templeton (4-4 LPL) with five kills, while Jeanine and Natalie Madson added four apiece.
Coast Union 3, Maricopa 1
The Broncos capitalized on a strong service game to beat Maricopa 22-25, 25-9, 25-16, 25-20.
Coast Union had 37 aces in the match, a feat coach Pam Kenyon said she has never before seen from one of her teams.
Nicky Ortiz had 15 aces and eight kills, and Sophie Flemion added 11 aces and 39 assists.
Roxy Mertens had nine kills for the Broncos (7-0 Coast Valley League), while Karla Soto and Katelyn Lorenz had seven apiece.
Coastal Christian 3, Orcutt Academy 0
The Conquerors got a 25-10, 25-17, 25-18 home win.
Leslie Henry had a match-high 19 kills, and Koral Wright added eight and 23 digs for Coastal Christian (8-1, 7-1 CVL).
JoAnn Lindstaedt distributed 30 assists for the Conquerors.
Shandon 3, Cuyama Valley 0
The Outlaws won 25-13, 25-11, 25-15 at home.
Kathryn Gearhart had nine aces for Shandon (6-4, 6-2 CVL), and Dontavia Henderson added 15 kills and two blocks.
Adilene Torres had six aces and seven digs for Shandon.
North County Christian 3, Valley Christian 2
The Crusaders got a 25-22, 21-25, 25-21, 16-25, 15-12 home win.
North County Christian’s Cristy Scarson and Brianna Feld combined for 17 aces.
Scarson also had a career-high 20 kills, while Teale Harden dished out 31 assists for the Crusaders (4-10, 2-6 CVL).
Jessica Yoshida had a match-high 20 digs, and Kaysi Butler added 17.
Arroyo Grande 15, Atascadero 3
Mia McKinstry won three sets without dropping a game, highlighting Arroyo Grande’s singles players, who didn’t drop a set.
“Both Mia and Lauren (Hayashi) performed with outstanding confidence and consistency, turning early season upsets from (Atascadero’s No. 1 player) Amber Petersen into definitive wins today,” Eagles coach Lori Hollister said.
Also winning three singles sets for the Eagles (13-1, 9-0) was Hayashi, while the doubles team of Kimmy Turner and Brianna Flood swept three sets.
Atascadero’s Jada Rowell and Rhiannon Dudley won two doubles sets.
San Luis Obispo 15, Paso Robles 3
Abigail Will and Tori Troesch combined to sweep six singles sets as the Tigers didn’t drop a singles set to the Bearcats.
San Luis Obispo’s Randi Lee and Maddie Hansen swept three sets, as did the tandem of Coreen Owens and Lela Heza.
“The girls played very well today and we’re really looking forward to Thursday’s match against Arroyo Grande,” Tigers coach Gary Etheredge said.
Morro Bay 10, Nipomo 8
Morro Bay (3-6 LPL) singles player Megan Hansen swept her sets to help the Pirates pull out a home victory over Nipomo (1-7 LPL).Hanson won 6-1, 6-0, 6-0 to bring her league record to 20-3 on the year.
Nipomo’s Angela Kubota and Leena Kilpelainen paired up for the first time on the season and swept their doubles sets 6-2, 7-5, 7-5 to make it close.
Sierra Wilcox and Jessica Wagner won two sets (6-2, 6-1) to lead the Pirates’ doubles teams.
Templeton 12, Santa Maria 6
Erin Roberts swept her singles matches to help Templeton (7-2 LPL) defeat Santa Maria.
Roberts won 6-4, 6-0, 6-3 to lead the Eagles singles players, who won seven of nine sets.
Righetti 15, Mission Prep 3
Micaela Ricca and Katy Haggard won a doubles set, as did the team of Sophie Seid and Ricquel Santos for the Royals (0-11).
Mission Prep coach Scott Cleere praised the play of Rita Preciado, who stepped up from doubles to singles play before falling in a tough match.
“We’re showing steady improvement in all positions,” Cleere said.
BOYS WATER POLO
Paso Robles 12, Atascadero 11, 2 OT
It took two overtimes and a game-winning shot with seven seconds to go, but Paso Robles finally won a game in extra time with a double-overtime victory over host Atascadero.
The Bearcats (10-12, 5-3 PAC 7) had lost three heartbreakers in overtime this season, so they used their experience in crunch time to finish this one strong.
“I told them, ‘You have been here before, let’s do the little things to close it out,’ ” Paso Robles coach Duane McRoy said.
With three seconds to go in the first overtime, Austin McCall hit a shot from just under half-tank to tie the score at 9 and force a second overtime.
In the second overtime period, Atascadero and Paso Robles traded goals until senior Spencer Silva buried a shot with seven seconds left off of a foul a little over 5 meters out for the game winner.
McCall led all scorers with five goals, and Atascadero’s Chad Ponek had four to lead his team. Bearcats’ goalie Tyler Dukes had 12 saves.