The Coast Union volleyball squad has a recent history of winning most of its matches in the Coast Valley League, including a 9-1 record last season. This year is no different: Coming into this week the Lady Broncos are 4-0 in the CVL.
It is also true that against big schools like Nipomo (an estimated 1,200 students), while the Lady Broncos fight hard, they have a tough time winning. The last four times Coast Union has played the Titans, Nipomo has come out on top.
That streak ended last Wednesday, Sept. 30, when Coast Union took seven players to Nipomo — going up against the Titans’ 12 players — and put on an impressive show of skill, savvy and will.
The Lady Broncos prevailed in five games, 25-20, 24-26, 21-25, 25-20, 15-12. Gigi Stoothoff had 16 kills, four aces and eight assists for Coast Union.
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On hand was Michael McAvoy, whose daughter Emily is on the team.
“Our girls played their best game to date,” McAvoy said. Nipomo had six backup position players on the bench, and “they substituted them in between almost every serve. So they had 12 players to rotate. In theory, they should have been fresher.
“Our girls played smart. It seems as though these girls see themselves as
6-footers. They want the big kill shot. They played within themselves and, rather than try to spike the ball and hit it into the net or out, they would spike or lob the ball to the empty spots on the court.”
Also, McAvoy reported, coach Pam Kenyon did a fine job of calling serve locations, setting the defenses and running defenses.
“All the cogs had to be sharp to make the wheel move in the right direction,” he added.
The next home match for the volleyball team is Thursday, Oct. 8. The junior varsity team takes the court at 4 p.m., followed by the varsity match at 5.