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Coast Union preps for league season with busy nonleague slate

The Coast Union volleyball team is playing a busy schedule in preparation for the Coast Valley League season.
The Coast Union volleyball team is playing a busy schedule in preparation for the Coast Valley League season.

The volleyball preseason is playing out perfectly for any Lady Bronco player with plans to become a journalist specializing in travel writing. These players are becoming road warriors.

Indeed, after playing Morro Bay (at home) pretty tough in a 25-10, 25-22, 25-19 loss Sept. 5, the Coast Union volleyball team traveled to Los Olivos two days later and outlasted the Dunn School Earwigs, 3-1 (25-20, 25-10, 25-27, 26-24).

From there, the team drove 113.8 miles to Sherman Oaks to play the Buckley Griffins on Sept. 8; Coast lost 3-0 (25-18, 25-7, 25-16). Following that game, on Sept. 9, Coast Union traveled 94 miles to Victorville for the Mountain Volleyball Classic Playoff tournament.

In the first game of the tourney (Sept. 9) the Excelsior Charter Eagles defeated Coast Union 2-1 (30-32, 25-12-25, 15-13). Coast beat the Cornerstone Christian Warriors 2-0 (25-17, 25-15); and the Lady Broncos also defeated the Borrego Springs Rams 2-1 (21-25, 25-15, 15-9) in that tournament.

The next day, Coast faced the California Military Institute’s Rough Riders and ended up with a 1-1 tie (23-25, 25-15). Coast Union lost its final contest in this road trip, as Excelsior Charter again outlasted Coast 2-0 (25-17, 25-23).

Coach Pam Kenyon said yes, it’s been a “tough preseason, but we plan that every year. The team is on track for making improvements.”

She has confidence in setters Hayley Zinn and Ailyn Casas — “they are doing a fantastic job” — and she likes what she sees in juniors Karis Lawson and Gaby Cisnero. Sophomore Ellie Kennedy is “already showing great leadership and aptitude,” Kenyon added.

Kenyon is very pleased to have former volleyball standout Sophie Flemion back as an assistant coach. Sophie is doing “a great job working with the girls and teaching them skills,” but Flemion also has the acumen to mentor players on the “intangibles of attitude,” the coach added in an email interview.

After playing Valley Christian Academy on Tuesday, Sept. 12, Coast Union hosts the annual Pink Stampede Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 16.