The girls tennis teams at San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles high schools will both host CIF-Southern Section Division III first-round playoff matches at 2 p.m. Thursday, the section office announced Monday.
San Luis Obispo (16-1), which hasn’t lost a PAC 7 league match since 2004, concluded the regular season ranked No. 7 in the division. The Tigers will host San Gabriel (10-7), the No. 2 team from the Almont League.
San Luis Obispo has been led in singles play by sophomores Tori Troesch and Abigail Will. Both are ranked in the Top 75 of their class in the Southwest region by TennisRecruiting.net. Lili Voisinet and Alex Coffman, meanwhile, have been the Tigers’ top doubles tandem.
Tigers coach Gary Etheredge said information on San Gabriel’s playing style has been hard to come by, and the team is simply planning to approach the match “straight-up, pretty much like (the Tigers) have” others during the regular season. A year ago, San Luis Obispo advanced to the sectional quarterfinals.
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“The girls are really eager to begin the playoffs,” Etheredge said. “Certainly, we have a draw that is favorable to us. We’re in a part of the bracket where we can go a few rounds, hopefully play the No. 2 seed (Valencia, which they’d hypothetically meet in the third round) and see what happens.”
Paso Robles (14-2), meanwhile, will take on the winner of a wild-card match-up between Downey (11-6) and St. Bonaventure (3-9) that will take place today.
In other wild-card play today, Arroyo Grande (11-6), the third-place PAC 7 team, will visit Malibu (11-3), the Tri-Valley League’s No. 2 representative, at 1 p.m. Also today, Templeton (8-9), the No. 4 team from the Los Padres League, will travel to face Oxnard (10-2), the Pacific View’s runner-up, in Division IV wild-card play.
VOLLEYBALL RESCHEDULEDTwo San Luis Obispo county girls volleyball teams’ opening-round playoff matches that were originally scheduled for 7 tonight have been moved up to this evening in order to alleviate the travel for visiting teams.
Paso Robles will host Marlborough at 5:30 p.m. in the Division I-A bracket, while Morro Bay will welcome Maranatha at the same time in Division III-AA play.
CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION RANKINGSFootball: Atascadero (7-2) jumped from No. 9 to No. 7 in the Northern Division poll released Monday after coming up with a 37-14 win over Arroyo Grande (7-2), which fell from fifth to ninth.
In the Northwest Division, Nipomo (6-3) rose from No. 9 to No. 7 after routing Santa Maria 40-6, while Templeton (6-3) dropped from No. 8 to No. 10 after losing to Pioneer Valley 49-19.
Girls volleyball: Arroyo Grande (19-2), which hasn’t lost a PAC 7 match since 2005, finished its regular season ranked eighth in Division I-A.
Cross country: Morro Bay’s boys squad dropped from second to third in Division IV, while on the girls side, Morro Bay and Templeton remained Nos. 7 and 8, respectively.
COACHING VACANCIESSan Luis Obispo High is seeking wrestling coaches at all levels for the upcoming season. Interested parties should contact Tigers athletic director Vic Ecklund at 596-4040, extension 2937.