It’s the same story every year for the Lady Broncos’ varsity volleyball team. In their first few games before entering the Coast Valley League, they go up against big schools with substantial sports programs.
Often, they are defeated, but head coach Pam Kenyon always points out in interviews that these pre-league games are not just defeats, they are also learning moments for her players. They offer a chance to hone skills and develop teamwork dynamics.
In 2012, the volleyball team lost to Arroyo Grande and four other big schools, but went on to carve out a 10-2 record in the Coast Valley League. In 2013, the Lady Broncos again lost to five larger schools, but made the playoffs after posting an 8-2 record in the CVL.
And last season Coast lost five early games to schools like Paso Robles but put together another stellar CVL season, winning the title with a 9-1 record.
True to form, this season’s volleyball team has lost to some larger schools outside the CVL, including a pair of defeats against Nipomo and a loss to St. Joseph in last weekend’s Pink Stampede Tournament (hosted by Coast Union).
However, the Lady Broncos split two with Morro Bay and with Lompoc in the Pink Stampede (Sept. 19); Xue DiMaggio was named to the all-tournament team.
And in their CVL opener with Valley Christian Academy on Sept. 17, Coast dominated 3-0.
On Tuesday, Sept. 22 at home, the team defeated Cuyama Valley 3-1 (25-17, 14-25, 25-14, 25-13) thanks to Xue DiMaggio’s nine kills and six kills and six aces by Gigi Stoothoff. Reagan Kniffen contributed seven aces. The Lady Broncos host Coastal Christian at 4 p.m. Thursday.