San Luis Obispo High came one step closer to winning its first league title in girls volleyball since 2005 by going into Paso Robles’ packed gym and picking up a four-set victory on Thursday night.
The 25-23, 25-21, 24-26, 25-17 win put the Tigers (20-5, 7-1 PAC 7) in sole possession of first place, ahead of Paso Robles (16-5, 7-2) and Arroyo Grande (12-4, 7-2).
“We knew a lot of people like to show up when it’s anybody against SLO, so we knew it was going to be a packed house,” said Tigers coach Manny Carter. “We stayed focused and got the job done.”
San Luis Obispo kept the Bearcats off balance with a strong service, including 11 aces, which kept Paso Robles from consistently controlling an offensive attack.
“They served really well and we didn’t answer to it,” said Paso Robles coach Terry Gutierrez. “Once a team serves really well and you don’t pass well, you really have no offense.”
“We know they want to go to Tess (Rountree) a lot, so we knew we wanted to serve where they couldn’t get her an easy set,” added Carter.
Beth Hoyt paced the Tigers with 22 kills and 20 digs, and Kennedy Peters led all players with 50 assists.
Rountree led all players with 23 kills to go along with 11 digs and five aces.
San Luis Obispo will travel to Arroyo Grande on Tuesday.
Arroyo Grande 3, Atascadero 1
After winning the first set 25-23, the Greyhounds (4-5 PAC 7) lost the next three 25-21, 25-17, 25-19.
Brianna Norlock and Kiah Featherstone each had 15 kills, and 12 and 14 digs, respectively. Ashlee Reusche had 19 digs while teammate Haley Ogden had 41 assists.
For the Eagles, Nicole Leger led the team with 13 kills and had two assists and nine digs. Kylie Anderson was second with 10 kills to go with three blocks.
Templeton 3, Nipomo 0
Facing a crucial test, Templeton swept 25-13, 25-23, 25-11.
Still in the hunt for second place in the Los Padres League, the Eagles (5-4 LPL) needed a win to stay a game behind three-loss Cabrillo and Morro Bay. Jeanine and Natalie Madson paced the Eagles with eight and nine kills, respectively.
The Titans (4-4 LPL) had their losing streak extended to four.
Morro Bay 3, Lompoc 0
Riding a five-match win streak, Morro Bay (6-9, 6-3 LPL) cruised 25-7, 25-3, 25-5.
Nicky Subler led the Pirates with 10 kills. Kylie Gacad garnered 22 assists while Tia Gacad had 12 digs.
Mission Prep 3, Cabrillo 0
With five kills, five digs, and six aces, Grace Ready was instrumental for the Royals (8-3), who won 25-14, 25-11, 25-17.
The Royals, after dominating the first two sets, were down 14-7 in the third set before Ready rotated to serve. She was able to serve 13 times in a row to give Mission Prep 12 straight points.
Andrea Fernandez led the Royals in kills with 12.
Coast Union 3, Valley Christian Academy 0
Coast Union (8-0 Coast Valley League) notched its 10th overall win of the season, 26-24, 25-20, 25-17.
“It was our best performance of the year. We are peaking at the right time,” coach Pam Kenyon said.
The Broncos got key performances from Katelyn Lorenz (eight kills), Keala Houston and Karla Soto (seven kills each) and Sophie Flemion (34 assists).
Coast Union has a league showdown against fellow CVL contender Coastal Christian on Monday.
Coastal Christian 3, Shandon 0
Leslie Henry had 19 kills in the sweep.
The Conquerors (9-1, 7-1 CVL) won 25-19, 25-23, 25-17.
Coastal Christian’s Koral Wright had 44 digs, and JoAnn Lindstaedt fed the frontline for 34 assists.
Cuyama Valley 3, North County Christian 1
The Bears claimed their first Coast Valley League win in two seasons, 25-23, 25-22, 23-226-24.
Jessica Lindquist (13 kills) and Teale Harden (14 assists) led the shorthanded Crusaders (4-11, 2-7 CVL).
BOYS WATER POLOPaso Robles 11, San Luis Obispo 10
Two days after beating Atascadero in double overtime, Paso Robles (11-12, 6-3 PAC 7) scored four straight to recover from a 10-7 deficit in the fourth quarter.
The Bearcats’ Wil Hix scored to tie the game with three minutes left, and Austin McCall broke the tie with 1:41 remaining.McCall’s game-winning goal also broke his own school record for goals in a season with 93.
For the Tigers (13-12, 4-4 PAC 7), Jeffrey Gomez led all scorers with five goals.
Arroyo Grande 12, Atascadero 5
The Eagles (16-4) jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first quarter.
Tanner Sandman led the attack with four goals. Both Dennis Meffert, who also had one save in goal, and Walter Chaffee had two goals.
John Kullman had eight saves.
GIRLS GOLFPAC 7 Tournament
Makayla Mier and Dani O’Keefe were medalists with a tournament-low 80 as they led Righetti to another PAC 7 win at par-72, 18-hole Chalk Mountain.
Righetti won the tournament with a score of 435, 16 strokes ahead of St. Joseph.
Arroyo Grande finished third at 486, San Luis Obispo shot 490 for fourth place, Paso Robles was fifth at 515, and Atascadero shot 533 for sixth.
Getting the best score for Paso Robles was Ashley Levanduski with an 89.
Marissa McClain was the best player for Atascadero with a 91.
Katelyn Guy and Nora Zakaria tied for the lowest score for San Luis Obispo, each carding a 95.
Arroyo Grande saw good play from Ramie Castilleja (94), along with Kayla Hensley and Nikki Furnari (both at 95).
Santa Ynez had three players shoot under 40 at Morro Bay Golf Course, led by Kristin Henno’s 36. Cabrillo had the tournament medalist as Morgan Salm shot an even-par 35.
Santa Ynez won with a total of 199.
Nipomo was third at 255, and Morro Bay was fifth with a 276.
GIRLS TENNISSt. Joseph 15, Atascadero 3
Atascadero’s No. 1 singles player Amber Peterson swept 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 to bring her league record to 18-6.
Templeton 15, Nipomo 3
Erin Roberts swept 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 for the Eagles (8-2 LPL), and the top doubles tandem of Shelby Baumgartner and Nicole Roberts swept 6-0, 6-0, 6-1.
Templeton’s Mimi Cline and Sammar Smesne also swept, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4.
Morro Bay 10, Lompoc 8
Joyce Lo performed well under pressure and won the match for the Pirates by taking her second set of the night 7-5. She won her other set 6-4.
Megan Hansen swept 6-4, 6-0, 6-0 for Morro Bay.
Two of the Pirates’ doubles teams also won two sets each. Jessica Wagner and Sierra Wilcox won 6-4, 6-3. Heather Montgomery and Katie Lockwood won both their sets 6-4.
Coast Union 10, Mission Prep 8
With darkness approaching, Coast Union’s Nikki Anderson and Mission Prep’s Ricquel Santos remained knotted in a set with the Broncos (3-6) leading 9-8.
Anderson was able to avoid having to go to a team tiebreaker, prevailing 6-4.
Mission Prep’s Sophie Seid swept her singles sets 6-1, 6-2, 6-1.
Two Coast Union doubles teams also swept their sets — Alex Zaragoza and Allie Seffer (6-1, 6-0, 6-0) and Morgan May and Naomi Hernandez (6-2, 6-3, 6-2).