Broncos volleyball in CVL driver’s seat

The Coast Union High girls volleyball team took a huge step toward winning an outright Coast Valley League championship on Monday night, sweeping Coastal Christian 25-15, 25-16, 26-24 in Arroyo Grande.

The Broncos (9-0 CVL), who started the day ranked No. 3 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5-A poll, rallied from a 22-16 deficit in the final set to edge the Conquerors (7-2 CVL), who came in ranked No. 4 in the division.

“This was probably the best the team has played,” Coast Union coach Pam Kenyon said of the last-game comeback. “It was just a lot of heart.”

Katelyn Lorenz led Coast Union with nine kills, while Karla Soto had eight. Sophie Flemion had 29 assists in the win, while teammate Amy Avina had four aces.

The Broncos are in their first year in the CVL.

For Coastal Christian, Leslie Henry had team bests of eight kills and 26 digs.

JoAnn Lindstaedt distributed 15 assists in the loss.

“Coast Union’s a great team,” Conquerors coach Misty Sano said. “I told the kids, ‘Just keep your heads up.’ Every match we play is going to prepare us for the playoffs. We just have to come out and say, ‘OK, that was last night.’

“We want to solidify this position (as the league’s likely runner-up heading into the postseason),” she added, “so we need to win the next three we have.”

Shandon (6-3 CVL), which is ranked No. 8 in the division, is currently third in the league standings.