The San Luis Obispo High girls tennis team hasn’t lost a league match since 2004, and it doesn’t look like it’s about to any time soon.
“I think they’re aware of it, in the back of their minds, but we never mention it,” Tigers coach Gary Etheredge said of his players’ mental management of the streak.
San Luis Obispo (11-1, 8-0 PAC 7) moved to No. 6 in the CIF-Southern Section Division III rankings released Monday, due in no small part to the dominant one-two singles punch of Tori Troesch and Abigail Will. Troesch is 19-0 individually in league play, while Will stands at 18-1.
“Tori is just kind of a grinder,” Etheredge said. “She gets in there and fights for everything.
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“Abigail is developing into a very nice power player,” he added. “She’s got a big serve.”
Perhaps the most intimidating part for PAC 7 foes? They’re both just sophomores.
“Those are girls that play all year long and make a big commitment to playing tournaments,” Etheredge said of Troesch’s and Will’s offseason training. “They’re well known up and down the coast.”
Not to be outdone, the Tigers’ No. 3, Kristy Kayatta, is 20-4. In doubles, the Tigers’ top tandem of Lili Voisinet and Alex Coffman are 15-0 against PAC 7 opposition.
The Tigers “definitely” feel pressure to keep the league streak intact, Will said, “but I think it just makes us perform better.”
Last year, as San Luis Obispo went 17-3 during a sectional quarterfinals run, Will went 30-0 in the regular season, advancing to the section’s individual championships in Carpinteria. Troesch also gained experience there, as did Voisinet and Coffman.
“We’re used to playing under pressure now,” Will said with regard to last year’s postseason. “It’ll be easier going into tougher matches.”
OTHER SOUTHERN SECTION RANKINGSFootball: Arroyo Grande (5-1) jumped from No. 9 to No. 6 in the Northern Division poll, while Atascadero (4-2) dropped from fifth to ninth. Templeton (5-1) climbed from No. 9 to No. 8 in the Northwest Division, where Nipomo (3-3) dropped from sixth to ninth.
Boys water polo: Arroyo Grande (12-5) remained at No. 5 in Division IV.
Girls volleyball: Arroyo Grande (16-2) stayed at No. 8 in Division I-A.
Cross country: Morro Bay’s boys team stayed put at No. 2 in Division IV. On the division’s girls side, Morro Bay rose from eighth to seventh, while Templeton went from ninth to eighth.
Girls tennis: Arroyo Grande (7-4) came in at No. 8 in Division III.
CORREIA RECOVERING FROM APPENDECTOMYNipomo senior quarterback Josh Correia, the Central Coast’s leading passer, sat out the Titans’ 41-0 loss to St. Joseph on Friday, recovering from an emergency appendectomy he underwent Wednesday morning.
On just two days of practice, the Titans were limited in adjusting to his absence.
Correia, who was released from the hospital Friday, is expected to miss this week’s game at Cabrillo, Nipomo coach Russ Edwards said Monday, but was told by doctors he could be able to return against Santa Ynez on Oct. 30.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Correia entered the week 60-of-111 passing for 870 yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions.
“I’m really proud of how he’s developed and grown,” Edwards said. “He was having the year he’s worked so hard to have to this point.”