The Paso Robles High girls volleyball team prevailed in a chess match against Glendora that saw every game finish by a margin of exactly four points to advance to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 1-A playoffs on Tuesday.
The Bearcats (19-6, 10-2), the No. 2 seed from the PAC 7, defeated Glendora (19-15, 3-7), the Baseline League’s third seed, 25-21, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21.
According to Paso Robles coach Terry Gutierrez, the margin of victory came down to who could make the fewest mistakes.
“Both teams were very equally matched and it was just those key errors that turned it,” she said. “There was a lot of long rallies and it just came down to who was going to make the error.”
Of course, it didn’t hurt to have PAC 7 standout Tess Rountree available to close out the sets. Rountree did a little of everything to finish with 16 kills, two aces, three blocks and nine digs.
Emily Cone added five kills and five blocks to bolster the Paso Robles front line.
Paso Robles will play the winner of Marymount and Villa Park on Thursday. Marymount is ranked by Maxpreps.com as the No. 9 team in the state, and No. 16 nationally.
Foothill 3, Arroyo Grande 2
The Eagles were unable to hold onto a two-set advantage, falling 22-25, 24-26, 25-15, 25-18, 15-13 on the road in a Division 1-A first round playoff match.
“We jumped up 2-0 and they stepped up,” Arroyo Grande coach Ernie Santa Cruz said. “We didn’t make the adjustments.”
Alyssa Koenig had 14 kills, four blocks and an ace for the Eagles, while Maggi Jo Keffury added 35 assists, four kills, three blocks and an ace.
The Eagles had a chance to win the match in the fifth set with the score tied at 13, but Foothill won the final two points to claim the match.
Nicole Leger had seven kills and 14 digs in the loss, while Kylie Anderson added nine kills and five blocks and Madi Ventura contributed 26 digs.
Laguna Beach 3, Atascadero 0
Atascadero fell 25-12, 25-9, 25-19 to No. 4 seed Laguna Beach in the first round of the Division 1-A playoffs.
Kiah Featherstone had seven kills and six digs for the Greyhounds (14-12), while Brittany Davis added four kills and two blocks.
“Laguna Beach was a fantastic team, probably the best team we’ve played,” Atascadero coach Trent Lunceford said. “I was proud of the way the girls battled in the third game.”
Brianna Norlock had four kills and eight digs in the loss.
Mayfield 3, Morro Bay 1
The Pirates fell 23-25, 25-15, 25-10, 25-17 in a Division 3-AA first round playoff match.
Olivia Watt, Morro Bay’s lone senior, led the Pirates with 10 kills, while Tia Gacad added 12 kills and 18 digs.
Kyle Gacad had 29 assists, and Monica Santiago had 20 digs for the Pirates (9-15).
Rialto 3, Templeton 2
In the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3-AA playoffs, the Eagles traveled to play the Rialto Knights and won the first two sets, before losing the momentum and the match in five games.
Templeton coach Jodi Kelly said that she felt concerned going into the match about the possibility of a five- set match, because of the team’s youth (only four graduating seniors) and lack of experience in long matches (only two prior went to five sets on the year).
“I was talking to the assistant coach before the game about going to five games because we haven’t done it a lot,” she said. “And Rialto had (gone to five games) quite a few times.”
After the Eagles went ahead with two set wins 29-27 and 25-20, Rialto gradually shifted the momentum by winning the third set 25-20 and getting their home crowd back into the match.
After the Knights pulled out a 25-21 fourth-set win, they were able to close out the fifth set 15-7.
Jeanine Madson led the Eagles with 14 kills, and Alyssa Price added 10.
Coastal Christian 3, West Valley Christian 0
Coastal Christian swept to advance to the round of 16 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5-A playoffs.
The Conquerors (14-6-1), the second seed from the Coast Valley League, hosted the Falcons (8-5), the third seed from the Omega League, and didn’t allow the visitors to come within single digits in the quick 25-10, 25-9, 25-12 victory.
Leslie Henry accounted for nearly one-third of Coastal Christian’s points, with 21 kills. Koral Wright added 24 digs, and JoAnn Lindstaedt tallied 30 assists.
The Conquerors will play the winner of St. Monica Academy (the winner of the International League) and Providence Hall (a freelance team). The Conquerors eased their way through league play to earn the second seed, losing only to tournament No. 1 seed Coast Union.
Shandon 3, Shalhevet 0
The Outlaws dominated in a first round Division 5-A playoff match, winning 25-6, 25-6, 25-10.
Ashley DeBruler and Karolina Rendon combined on 31 aces, with DeBruler holding serve on 25 points in the short match.
Dontavia Henderson added eight kills for the Outlaws (18-9), who play the winner of Firebaugh and San Fernando Valley on Thursday.
Atascadero 11, St. Bonaventure 7
With the win in the wild-card round, the Greyhounds advanced to face West Ranch, the No. 1 overall seed in the Southern Section Division 3 playoffs, Thursday.
The Greyhounds got three sweeps apiece in doubles from Rhiannon Dudley and Marissa Jordan (6-0, 6-0, 6-4), Allie Keefer and Ilona Istenes (6-3, 6-3, 6-2), and Mallory Miller and Sydney Sima (6-1, 6-0, 7-6).
In singles, Atascadero’s Amber Petersen went 1-6, 7-5, 6-0.
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Rancho Cucamonga 11, Paso Robles 10
The Bearcats lost a nail-biter in the first round of the Division 4 playoffs, despite six goals from Austin McCall.
Paso Robles was looking to make the best of its first playoff appearance in three years.
Tyler Dukes made a season-high 17 saves to keep Paso Robles in contention.
Spencer Silva, who scored two goals, missed on a last second desperation shot.
It was the sixth game Paso Robles lost by one goal or in overtime.