The San Luis Obispo High girls tennis team didn’t exactly surprise anyone on the Central Coast by winning the PAC 7 title a year ago.
After all, the Tigers’ last league loss came in 2004.
Others elsewhere in the state, however, got acquainted with San Luis Obispo once the playoffs started.The Tigers entered last year’s CIF-Southern Section Division 3 postseason as a No. 7 seed, but proceeded to win four straight — three of which came on the road — including a 9-9 (81-76) upset of second-seeded Valencia in the quarterfinals.
San Luis Obispo, which finished 20-2 overall, ultimately fell in the divisional title match at the Claremont Tennis Club, 12-6, to undefeated and top-seeded San Marino, coming up just short in a bid to claim the program’s first such crown since 1990.
Thus, the word was out heading into this season.
“The expectations are very high,” Tigers head coach Gary Etheredge said. “We’re not going to fly under the radar this year, that’s for sure.
“The girls have worked on their game in the offseason, and we have that one more year of experience.”San Luis Obispo brought back its top two singles players in Tori Troesch and Abigail Will, as well as two of its doubles tandems in Randi Lee and Lela Heza, and Coreen Owens and Maddie Hansen.
Troesch and Will are rated as three- and two-star college prospects by TennisRecruiting.net, respectively, with Troesch ranked as the No. 72 player in the Southwest region and the likes of St. Mary’s, UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara on her list.
Naturally, Troesch and Will — both juniors — are close friends, assistant coach Rosemarie Will said.“It makes it really nice to have each other to play (in practice),” Will said.
In general, playing the three straight matches away from home in the playoffs a year ago because of some hard-luck coin flips actually ended up helping the Tigers, Will added.
“The girls enjoyed being together and bonded as a team,” she explained. “Something negative (having to travel so much) turned out to be a positive.”
San Luis Obispo (1-0) — which starts league play at Atascadero at 3 p.m. Thursday — opened this season with an 18-0 rout of Mission Prep on Thursday.
That dominance was highlighted by a three-set singles sweep by Lili Voisinet, who last year starred in doubles with now-graduated Alex Coffman.
“We’re really excited about this year,” Will said. “We have a deep team. Everyone is capable of doing well; we don’t have any players lagging behind others.”
Arroyo Grande football rises to No. 6
Following its 45-6 win over Nipomo this past week, the Arroyo Grande football team (2-0) moved from No. 9 to No. 6 in the Southern Section Western Division poll released Monday.
The loss dropped Nipomo (0-1) from No. 5 in the Northwest Division to No. 10. Also in the Western Division, Atascadero (2-0) received votes. Gardena Serra (2-0), last year’s state Division III bowl game champion, remained No. 1.
In the Northwest Division, Templeton (2-0) remained atop the poll after throttling Soledad 35-6, while Morro Bay (1-0) stayed in the others receiving votes category.
Mission Prep (2-0) was tabbed eighth in the Northeast Division, and North County Christian (1-0) found itself also slotted No. 8, in the 8-man Division 2 voting.
Report: Gray spotted at USC game
Templeton linebacker Tyler Gray was among nearly 20 USC recruits observed in an unofficial capacity at the Trojans’ 17-14 home win over Virginia on Saturday, WeAreSC.com reported Sunday.Gray, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior, is ranked by recruiting service Rivals.com as the No. 32 outside linebacker prospect in the country.
Hasay, Oregon at White House
Former Mission Prep runner Jordan Hasay was invited to the White House on Monday as a member of Oregon’s national championship-winning indoor women’s track and field squad, and blogged on the Oregon website that she and her teammates shook the president’s hand.
More than two-dozen NCAA championship teams took part in a ceremony with President Barack Obama on the South Lawn.