No. 4 seeded Sachia Vickery needed just over an hour to beat Jamie Loeb, 6-1, 6-2 in all-American final, to become the first-ever singles champion of the inaugural Central Coast Pro Tennis Open on Sunday at the Templeton Tennis Ranch. The win in the $60,000 event was the third career USTA Pro Circuit title for Vickery and first at this level, having previously won two $25,000-level events.
“This feels really good, especially after playing such a long match yesterday,” said Vickery, whose WTA world ranking jumped to No. 115 on Monday when the new rankings were released. “Jamie’s such a great player, and we’re such good friends, so it’s always tough to play a friend.”
Vickery took home $9,119 and a tournament-themed jewelry piece designed by K. Jons Diamonds and Gem in Atascadero.
In the doubles final Sunday, the No. 4-seeded team of American Kaitlyn Christian and Giuliana Olmos of Mexico, former teammates at USC, downed the top-seeded Swiss team of Viktorija Golubic and Amra Sadikovic, 7-5, 6-3, to split $3,344 in winnings.
High school sports
A.G. girls volleyball off to hot start in PAC 8
The Arroyo Grande High School girls volleyball team passed two major hurdles last week in PAC 8 play. First, the Eagles scored a 3-1 win at home against rivals SLO High on Tuesday, then they knocked off Atascadero in straight sets Thursday. Atascadero was undefeated coming into the match.
Arroyo Grande (13-3, 7-0 PAC 5) is now on an eight-game winning streak and finished the first round of league play with only one dropped set. The two wins helped Arroyo Grande move up a spot to No. 6 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 rankings.
The Eagles, who have won or shared the league title for the past five seasons, are led by a trio of seniors. Setter Macie Lachemann is averaging nearly 10 assists per set dealing to the two big hitters — Rilee Day and Sabina Selzer — who both have more than 111 kills this season. Selzer also leads the team in blocks with 19.
Nipomo Runner wins at Dos Pueblos
Nipomo junior Devin Diaz won the junior 3-mile race at the Dos Pueblos Invitational in Santa Barbara on Friday. Diaz completed the course in 16:10 in a race that was broken up by classes.
SLO High junior Samantha Simard (19:19) finished second in her race.
Paso boys cross country stays hot
The Paso Robles boys cross country team continued its run of success with a win at the Golden West Invitational in Visalia on Friday. Junior Pablo Cortez (15:49.15) led the way for the Bearcats with a seventh-place finish on the 3-mile course, and four other Bearcats runners — Damian Gavilan, Ian Young, Steven Scruggs and Michael Hernandez — finished in the Top 25.
▪ Arroyo Grande senior Luis Jazo finished in third place (15:33.9) at the Capital Cross Challenge in Sacramento on Saturday to led the Eagles to a second-place team finish.
Arroyo Grande Tennis Still Undefeated
The Eagles beat Atascadero and Righetti last week to move to 8-0 in the PAC 8 and 11-0 overall. A.G. is led by junior Delanie Dunkle, who also played in the Central Coast Pro Open in Templeton last week.
Swim Coach Needed
Arroyo Grande High School is looking for a junior varsity swimming coach to work with the team from January to May 2018. If interested, contact athletic director Stephen Field at 805-474-3261.
Morro Bay Pool Set To Open
With the addition of water, a hole in the ground officially became a pool last week at Morro Bay High School.
The pool and the rest of the aquatic center, a project that was funded by Measure D, will hold a grand opening ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Following the ceremony, the USA Water Polo Women’s Senior National Team will be on hand to sign autographs and hold a practice session at the new facility. All events are free and open to the public.
▪ Mission Prep (3-0) football had the week off, but it still managed to move up two spots to No. 6 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 eight-man poll.
▪ Despite an eight-game winning streak, Templeton (15-4, 7-0 Los Padres) girls volleyball dropped from No. 1 to No. 2 in this week’s CIF-Southern Section Division 6 poll.
▪ Arroyo Grande boys cross country team comes in at No. 7 in the latest CIF-Southern Section Division 2 poll. The SLO High boys team is tied for No. 2 in Division 4, while the girls team is No. 5.
Women’s Volleyball Off To Historic Start
Cal Poly senior setter Taylor Nelson was named Big West Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week after the Mustangs (15-2, 5-0 Big West) collected road wins against Long Beach State and CSUN last week. She tallied 85 assists over the two matches and has helped the team to its best start since it began the 1985 season with an 18-1 record.
Nelson ranks second in the nation in assists per set with just more than 12.
Mitch Haniger Finishes Season Strong
Seattle Mariners outfielder and former Cal Poly star Mitch Haniger finished his rookie season on a high note with a 5-for-5 performance at the plate Saturday against the Anaheim Angles in the second to last game of the season.
It was a career high in hits for Haniger and one shy of the club-record six set by Raul Ibanez in 2004.
“He stays focused all the time,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said of Haniger. “He probably has one of the best approaches of anyone on the club. Especially for a younger player, he stays in the zone for a long time. And that’s what you saw tonight. He was not going to back off. He was not happy getting two hits or three hits or four. He went and got the fifth one. That says a lot about the kind of person he is.”
He finished September with a .365 batting average, seven home runs and 14 RBI. In his first full MLB season, Haniger hit .282 with 16 home runs in 96 games.