Arroyo Grande High had been winning many different ways all season, and they switched it up again to beat St. Joseph and claim a perfect league record.
The Eagles (18-1, 12-0) swept their singles sets and won enough doubles points to claim an 11-7 victory.
“I can’t say enough about how well rounded this team is,” Arroyo Grande coach Lori Hollister said.
“On a day like today, when we had three of our four doubles tiebreakers go to St. Joseph, our singles stepped up and swept, and in the match against San Luis (Obispo) earlier in the season our doubles stepped up and swept.”
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Mia McKinstry, Caitlin Milich and Lauren Hayashi won all three singles sets, and the doubles team of Kimmy Turner and Brianna Flood won two 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4) to clinch the victory.
The Eagles, ranked No. 7 in Division 3 of the CIF-Southern Section, ended San Luis Obispo’s run atop the PAC 7 earlier in the season by beating the Tigers for the first time since 2002, thus giving them their first league loss since 2004.
Hollister complimented her girls on achieving perfection with such difficult opposition.
“This is really a special team,” she said. “Winning the league championship was phenomenal but going undefeated was no easy task with three tough teams in contention for the title.
“It was knowing all season that it would take 110 (percent) effort to go undefeated.”
San Luis Obispo 17, Pioneer Valley 1
The Tigers (12-5, 10-2 PAC 7) solidified second place in league and a trip to the postseason in dominating fashion.
India Hoffman swept three singles sets, while the doubles team of Randi Lee and Coreen Owens also swept.
Paso Robles 10, Righetti 8
The Bearcats (5-6 PAC 7) avenged an earlier loss by beating Righetti and moving the two teams into a three-way tie with Atascadero for third place in the PAC 7.
Maria Petiy swept three singles sets, and Lada Filipovic won two sets for the Bearcats.
The doubles team of Maddie Coons and Elli Bernal won two of three doubles sets for Paso Robles.
Lompoc 16, Mission Prep 2
The Royals (0-14) got two doubles victories from the team of Sophie Seid and Ricquel Santos.
Mission Prep coach Scott Cleere also praised the play of Emily Von Dollen and Katie Skiff, who came up from junior varsity and played well in the final match of the season.
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Paso Robles 14, St. Joseph 4
Austin McCall scored a match-high four goals, Spencer Silva added three, and the Bearcats (12-12, 8-3 PAC 7) stayed alive in the race for second place in league.
Paso Robles would need to beat league champion Righetti in Santa Maria to have a chance at the second playoff seeded spot in the PAC 7.
Marco Gut and Sam Grocott had two goals apiece, and Forest Erwin and Ben Nagengast combined on seven saves for Paso Robles.
Righetti 16, San Luis Obispo 1
The Tigers (5-6 PAC 7) took an early 1-0 lead on Andy Allison’s goal but were unable to score again.
Darren Paul made six saves in the loss.
Nipomo 12, Cabrillo 6
Nipomo, No. 3 in Division 7 of the CIF-Southern Section, defeated Cabrillo in the Los Padres League prelims to advance to Thursday’s home final against Santa Ynez, the No. 1 team in the division.
Nipomo’s Marc Baker had eight goals on just 11 shots. In goal, Kirk Wilenius had 15 saves of the 21 shots on target.
The Titans (17-6) lost to Santa Ynez (6-0 LPL) 12-10 on the road during league play.
San Luis Obispo 3, Righetti 0
The Tigers (19-6, 9-2) kept pace for the league lead in the PAC 7 with a 25-13, 25-20, 25-19 win.
Beth Hoyt had eight kills and 12 digs, while Arika Johnson added seven kills and Kennedy Peters had 22 assists.
“Hopefully we can get this last match and get a share of the league title for SLO High,” Tigers coach Manny Carter said. “It’s been a long time for the school.”
Paso Robles 3, St. Joseph 1
St. Joseph stole the first set at home, but the Bearcats settled down to claim the 22-25, 25-18, 25-9, 25-21 victory that keeps them tied for first in league.
Emily Cone led Paso Robles (9-2 PAC 7) on defense with eight blocks to pair with five kills, and Tess Rountree had 16 kills.
Atascadero 3, Pioneer Valley 0
The Greyhounds finished their league schedule by sweeping the Panthers 25-11, 25-6, 25-11.
Atascadero (7-5) clinched fourth place in the PAC 7.
Brianna Norlock had 16 kills and seven digs, and Brittany Davis added nine kills and five aces.
Morro Bay 3, Santa Maria 0
Morro Bay won a contested first set and then dominated the remainder of the match to win 25-19, 25-8, 25-6.
The Pirates (7-9, 7-4) have won six of seven in league, and the win sets up a showdown at Cabrillo on Thursday to settle second, third, and fourth place in the LPL.
Olivia Watt, the lone Morro Bay senior, had five kills, and Tia Gacad led the Pirates with 11.
Mission Prep 3, Lompoc 0
Mission Prep easily dispatched Lompoc 25-8, 25-13, 25-7 to complete its sweep of Los Padres League opponents on the season.
The Royals (9-3) went 6-0 against LPL opponents, although they did not face Santa Ynez, which looks to clinch an undefeated season in league on Thursday.
Andrea Fernandez had 11 kills and five digs, and Deirdre Laird added 12 assists, seven kills, and two aces for the Royals.
The Royals will play Atascadero on Thursday before competing in the Southern Section Division 3-AA playoffs.
Coast Union 3, Shandon 0
The Broncos remained unbeaten in Coast Valley League play with a 25-22, 25-16, 25-21 win.
Karla Soto had seven kills and four aces, Katelyn Lorenz added five kills, and Nicky Ortiz contributed five kills and two aces for Coast Union (11-0 CVL).
“I think psychologically it would set us up well going into the playoffs,” Broncos coach Pam Kenyon said of the idea of finishing unbeaten in league.
The Broncos can complete the task with a win at North County Christian on Thursday.
Coastal Christian 3, Maricopa 0
The Conquerors have already clinched second place in the CVL, and swept Maricopa 25-15, 25-19, 25-23 to bring their record to 9-2 in the CVL (11-2 overall) with their lone losses coming against Coast Union.
Leslie Henry led Coastal Christian with 12 kills and 28 digs.
North County Christian 3, Orcutt Academy 1
In a nonleague match, the Crusaders defeated the Spartans 25-9, 26-28, 25-21, 25-12.
Jessica Lindquist had 20 kills to lead the Crusaders (5-13), and Cristy Scarson added 10 kills and six aces. Cheyenne Ricks handed out 29 assists.