After a five-year absence, the San Luis Obispo High girls volleyball team returned to the top of PAC 7, beating Pioneer Valley 25-13, 25-15, 25-15 to win a share of the league title on Thursday in Santa Maria.
“They were relieved to finally be getting it done in the last match,” Tigers coach Manny Carter said.
“They were anxious to get it over with. But now they’re able to call themselves league champs. It’s been a long time coming and they worked really hard for it.”
San Luis Obispo (20-6, 10-2) swept Paso Robles this season and also won the numerical tiebreaker, meaning they will get the league’s No. 1 seed when the CIF-Southern Section playoffs start next week.
The Tigers had little problem dispatching Pioneer Valley to clinch a share of the title. Elizabeth Culpepper had nine kills, while Amelia Brown added eight.
Kennedy Peters had 31 assists for San Luis Obispo, and Linnea Ramirez added 18 digs.
Paso Robles 3, Righetti 0
The Bearcats got a 26-24, 25-21, 25-22 win to clinch a share of the PAC 7 title with San Luis Obispo.
Kellie Reynolds led the way for Paso Robles (20-5, 10-2) with 16 assists and four aces, while Molly Donovan had a team-high nine kills.
The Bearcats will be seeded second from the PAC 7 when playoffs begin next week.
Arroyo Grande 3, St. Joseph 0
With the 25-6, 25-17, 25-14 win, the Eagles finished third in the PAC 7 and advanced to the postseason.
Arroyo Grande (20-5, 9-3) had a balanced attack with four players — Nicole Leger, Alyssa Koenig, Kylie Anderson, and Millisa Morrow — all getting five kills.
Madi Ventura had four aces and 20 digs for the Eagles, and Maggi Jo Keffury handed out 20 assists.
Atascadero 3, Mission Prep 0
The Greyhounds finished the regular season with a 25-11, 25-14, 25-19 nonleague victory.
Kiah Featherstone had 12 kills and eight digs for Atascadero, which qualified for next week’s postseason.
Brittany Davis added nine kills and two blocks, while Brianna Norlock had seven kills and nine digs for the Greyhounds.
The Royals (9-4) qualified for the Division 3AA playoffs. They were led by Andrea Fernandez’s eight kills, six blocks and five digs.
Deirdre Laird added 19 assists and four kills for Mission Prep.
Santa Ynez 3, Nipomo 1
Amidst a four-team battle for second place in the Los Padres League, the Titans stumbled in their last league match of the season against the Pirates, losing 25-12, 25-22, 23-25, 25-19.
Nipomo (17-13, 7-5 LPL) is likely out of the playoffs after a four-way tiebreaker before the season determined that the Titans would finish last amongst those tied. Despite a winning league record, based on the system, Nipomo would be considered the fifth seed in the Los Padres League.
Cristina Ozzimo had 13 digs, 22 assists and six aces for Nipomo. Stephanie Persky posted 10 kills, 12 digs, and five aces for the Titans. Sarah Stahl provided solid defense getting 30 digs and serving two aces. Siahna O’Connor had six kills, two aces and six digs.
Cabrillo 3, Morro Bay 1
Cabrillo handed Morro Bay a 25-20, 23-25, 25-17, 25-17 loss to draw into a four-way tie for second place in the Los Padres League.
Nicky Subler led Morro Bay (7-5 LPL) with 15 kills, while Kylie Gacad dished 28 assists and Monica Santiago had 15 digs.
Templeton 3, Lompoc 0
In winning 25-19, 25-8, 25-12 over Lompoc, the Eagles threw themselves into the four-way tie for second place. Based on the tiebreakers, Templeton will be considered the league’s No. 3 seed when playoffs begin.
Natalie Madson led Templeton with 11 kills. Carly Roth added five aces.
Coast Union 3, North County Christian 0
The Broncos completed an undefeated Coast Valley League season with a 25-12, 25-16, 25-20 victory.
Nick Ortiz had a double-double with 10 kills and 10 aces, while Karla Soto added five kills.
Sophie Flemion added six aces and 24 assists for Coast Union (14-4, 12-0 CVL).
Cristy Scarson had five kills, and Jessica Yoshida added 11 digs for the Crusaders (4-15, 2-10).
Coastal Christian 3, Valley Christian Academy 1
The Conquerors won 25-12, 25-21, 25-12 to finish second in the CVL at 10-2. They’re 12-2 overall.
Leslie Henry put up a double-double with 24 digs and 11 kills for Coastal Christian, Koral Wright had 28 digs and five kills, Grace Napier had 23 digs and seven kills and JoAnn Lindstaedt tallied 26 assists.
Shandon 3, Maricopa 1
The Outlaws won 25-18, 25-20, 22-25, 26-24 to clinch a playoff spot for the fifth straight year.
Ashley DeBruler had 27 assists and three aces for Shandon (8-4 CVL), which finished third in league play.
Dontavia Henderson added 12 kills and two blocks for the Outlaws.
BOYS WATER POLO
Righetti 14, Paso Robles 8
Despite the loss, Paso Robles (12-13, 8-4 PAC 7) hung onto third place in the PAC 7.
“We were sluggish in the second quarter. We got killed in that period and I think it emotionally frustrated us,” Paso Robles coach Duane McRoy said. “The boys didn’t get calls they thought they deserved and the Righetti goalie came up big, especially in one-on-ones with a couple great saves.
“They were good about taking away our passes and really just controlled the game.”
Austin McCall had three goals, while Devon Nicklas scored twice.
San Luis Obispo 21, Pioneer Valley 6
Jake O’Connor led the Tigers with four goals, while Casey Blauer and Ian Anderson added three apiece.
San Luis Obispo (15-14, 6-6) coach Aaron Sue said he expects his team will receive a wild card into the CIF-Southern Section playoffs. Pairings will be announced Sunday.
Morro Bay 5, Lompoc 3
The Pirates, in their fourth year of playing the sport, picked up the program’s first-ever win over the Braves.
Tyler Fraser had two goals in the win, while Keary Kennedy, Shane Crockett and Nik Benko each scored, as well.
Morro Bay finished the season with four wins, also a program best. Mac Reinhart made 12 saves for the Pirates (4-19).
PAC 7 preliminaries
Top seeded Tori Troesch and No. 2 seed Abigail Will, both of San Luis Obispo, appear to be on a collision course for a third straight meeting in the PAC 7 singles championship match.
Troesch advanced to face No. 5 seed Mia McKinstry of Arroyo Grande, while Will plays No. 3 seed Lauren Hayashi, also of the Eagles today at the Santa Maria Country Club.
Will has beaten Troesch the past two seasons, and is looking for her third consecutive league title.
No San Luis Obispo county doubles teams remain in the draw for the league title.