Playing for the last time in her home gym on senior night, Paso Robles High girls volleyball standout Tess Rountree led the Bearcats to a 25-22, 25-23, 25-19 win over Arroyo Grande in a pivotal match between two of the PAC 7’s top teams on Thursday in Paso Robles.
Rountree finished with 23 kills on 50 attempts. She also had nine digs, two blocks and two aces.
“She just played a spectacular match,” Paso Robles coach Terry Gutierrez said. “What else could you even want in your last match in your home gym.”
Arroyo Grande coach Ernie Santa Cruz agreed with Gutierrez’s assessment.
“Tess Rountree was exceptional tonight,” Santa Cruz said. “We didn’t have an answer for her. When the game was on the line, she pretty much took it over.”
The Bearcats came out aggressively at the start, taking a 10-1 advantage in the first game.
“We came out really strong,” Gutierrez said. “We served really well, and were just able to put them out of balance it looked like to me.”
The win moves the Bearcats (18-6, 8-2 PAC 7) into a tie with San Luis Obispo for the PAC 7’s best record, while Arroyo Grande (14-5, 8-3) fell into third place.
Emily Cone added four kills and five blocks for Paso Robles, and Kellie Reynolds dished out 33 assists and made two blocks.
Kendall VandenBerg paced Arroyo Grande with 15 kills, while Nicole Leger added six and Maggi Jo Keffury had 20 assists.
San Luis Obispo 3, St. Joseph 0
To keep themselves in the hunt for first place in the PAC 7, the Tigers won 25-21, 27-25, 25-16.
Elizabeth Culpepper had 11 kills for the Tigers (22-6, 8-2), while Arika Johnson had six blocks for the Tigers. Kennedy Peters tallied 31 assists and Linnea Ramirez got 21 digs.
Atascadero 3, Righetti 1
Kiah Featherstone dominated for the Greyhounds (11-11, 6-5 PAC 7) with 21 kills and 16 digs in a 25-27, 25-11, 25-15, 25-20 win.
Brianna Norlock had 13 kills and 18 digs. Brittany Davis contributed seven aces, 10 kills and two blocks for Atascadero. Haley Ogden handed out 43 assists.
Nipomo 3, Lompoc 0
Cristina Ozzimo had 23 assists, four aces and seven digs to lead the Titans (16-12, 6-4 LPL) to a 25-18, 25-13, 25-11 win.
Stephanie Persky led the Titans with 11 kills while her teammate Gabbie Dana had five kills and four aces. Sarah Stahl contributed 15 digs.
Santa Ynez 3, Morro Bay 1
The Pirates (5-4 LPL) fell 25-15, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18.
Carli Watt had nine kills for Morro Bay, while Kylie Gacad added 29 assists and Tia Gacad made 15 digs.
Shandon 3, North County Christian 1
Shandon won 25-15, 19-25, 25-17, 25-18.
Kayla Pelis had a strong all-around game with nine kills and 14 digs for Shandon (16-8, 7-3 Coast Valley League). Mayeli Paez had 17 and three aces, and Adilene Torres tallied 12 digs.
Cheyenne Ricks had six aces and 11 assists for the Crusaders (4-13, 2-9). Brianna Feld also had six aces.
Arroyo Grande 12, Dos Pueblos 6
Freshman Lauren Hayashi improved her singles record to 44-7 while dropping just two games in three sets.
“She demonstrated outstanding consistency and court demeanor out there,” Eagles coach Lori Hollister said. “You can’t tell if she’s winning or losing, which is a great attitude to have.”
The Eagles added the match during the last week of the season, hoping to prepare for the upcoming post-season.
“We played CIF-caliber tennis today against a strong Division II school and rose to the occasion,” Hollister said.
The doubles team of Kimmy Turner and Brianna Flood swept three doubles sets, while Mia McKinstry and the tandem of Maurisa Dominguez and Courtney King won two sets.
San Luis Obispo 13, Righetti 5
Abigail Will swept all three of her singles sets as San Luis Obispo (11-5, 9-2 PAC 7) downed Righetti.
The doubles team of Lili Voisinet and Lela Heza also swept all three of their sets. Tori Troesch won both of the sets she played on the day. The doubles team of Coreen Owens and Dani Lee won two of three and were “extremely competitive all day” San Luis Obispo coach Gary Etheredge said.
Lompoc 14, Nipomo 4
The Titans (2-14, 1-10 LPL) got three singles set victories from Tessa Underwood in a loss to Lompoc.
Boys Water Polo
San Luis Obispo 14, St. Joseph 5
Jeff Gomez led the Tigers with four goals, while Jackson Allison, Zach Flachman, Trevor Meinhold and goalkeeper Sam Duval all added two goals each in the win over the Knights.
Duval also made six saves for San Luis Obispo (14-13, 5-5 PAC 7).