Templeton girls volleyball drops first set in league, defeats Morro Bay

The Templeton girls volleyball team remained undefeated in Los Padres League play after defeating Morro Bay on Tuesday night in Morro Bay.

Morro Bay might have lost the match, but did have a small moral victory, if there is such a thing. Morro Bay (8-7, 6-4) handed the Eagles (20-7, 10-0 LPL) their first set loss in league play in a back-and-forth second set before losing 25-14, 23-25, 25-9, 25-21. The last set Templeton lost outside of tournament play was in a 3-2 loss to San Luis Obispo on Sept. 15.

Despite losing their first set in league play, Templeton’s three big hitters played well. Lauren Ralston had 10 kills and five aces, including a pair in the runaway third set. Emily Burns added 10 kills and boomed six aces, and Katie Bolts had 11 kills and four aces. Heading into the match, Ralston (142) and Burns (141) led the Los Padres League in kills.

Hannah McRoy set the table with precision all night and finished with 30 assists.

“We haven’t had Hannah all season because she got injured, but she is a bulldog when she’s out there,” Templeton coach Cameron Schaeffer said after the match. “She will lay out for any ball at any time and she can also set the ball pretty well.”

McRoy was second in the league in assists heading into the match.

But after the victory, Templeton head coach Cameron Schaeffer took a hard line with his team, saying “every team you have to treat as an equal and play your hardest every time.”

If the effort dropped off in the second set, the Eagles showed what makes them so dangerous in the third set with hard serves and precision passing.

“At practice, I was hitting serves as hard as I could just so they could see it,” Morro Bay coach James Bueno said of the week of practice leading up to the match. “They are really hard to return.”

Lexi Beaman had 10 kills and six blocks to lead the way for Morro Bay. Elle Fryer added nine blocks and Leila Kennedy had six kills for the Pirates.

“I’ve never seen my team play like that,” Bueno added, “They really wanted it.”

Morro Bay was without its starting libero Amaya Toke, who had to get stitches after bumping her head during a match last week.

“Not only is she a leader off the court, but she is a leader on the court and the girls feel more comfortable with her there,” Bueno said.

Toke will be back next week as each team enters the final four-game stretch. Bueno says if his team can get past Nipomo, a team Morro Bay defeated earlier this season, it puts them in a good position to be in the top three or four teams to make the section playoffs.

Templeton is virtually a lock to win the Los Padres League title with Santa Yenz in second place at 7-2 heading into Tuesday night.

“They love it,” Schaeffer said of his team’s run. “They have been wanting to hang another banner on the wall of the gym and be able to say ‘that was us.’