The Coast Union volleyball team is riding high and on its way to the playoffs following a 3-0 win over Shandon High School.
The Lady Broncos dispatched Shandon 25-14, 25-11, 25-8 on Thursday, Oct. 22. They now have a week off before playing a final home match against Dunn School on Thursday, Nov. 5.
Coast Union has compiled a 9-0 record in the Coast Valley League play and a 12-3 mark overall. Because the Lady Broncos have wrapped up the CVL title, they will host a CIF Division 7 playoff game the second week in November.
In the win over Shandon, Xue DiMaggio had seven kills, Gigi Stoothoff contributed nine aces, Ahtziri Mora had six aces, and Reagan Kniffen posted four aces and three kills for Coast Union.
The beat goes on for the Coast Union girls tennis team. After losing all their matches in 2014, and their first 10 matches this season, the Lady Broncos have won four in a row, including a 10-8 win over Laguna Blanca on Thursday, Oct. 22, and a 10-8 home win over Templeton on Monday, Oct. 26.
Against Laguna Blanca, top seed Maddie May swept her sets (6-1, 6-4, 6-1), and second seed Michelle Campos won two of her three sets (6-1, 2-6, 6-2). The top doubles team of Lindy Ortiz and Rebeca Tavera won two of three (7-5, 3-6, 7-4).
Against Templeton, May won her three sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2, and the doubles team of Ortiz and Tavera won two of three (5-7, 6-4, 6-4).
Coach Ron Ruggles no doubt wishes the season could go on, but the Templeton match was Coast’s final competition of the season.
“They have grown in their personalities and in experience,” Ruggles explained. “They’re using some of the techniques I have shown them in practice, and it’s really helped them a lot. The girls are having fun. They’re really happy to be out there.”
Noting that there are no other tennis programs in the Coast Valley League, Ruggles said: “We have to play some really big schools throughout the year, and it’s tough to compete, but you know what — we can do it.”
Breaking the losing streak felt “incredible,” he said. “And my biggest thing is, it’s not for me. It’s for the kids. They work so hard. They go to practice and they do everything I asked them to do. I’m so proud of them.
“It just felt great to see the smiles on their faces because it can get frustrating when you lose a lot.”
That frustration is over. Unfortunately, now that they’re on a winning streak, so is the season.