High School Sports

Area teams still alive in section playoffs

San Luis Obispo High's Tori Troesch, the PAC 7 singles champion, and the Tigers will take on Sage Hill today.
San Luis Obispo High's Tori Troesch, the PAC 7 singles champion, and the Tigers will take on Sage Hill today. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Three San Luis Obispo County teams are still alive in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs for boys water polo, girls tennis and girls volleyball.

Each will be playing locally, looking to advance another round into the divisional postseason brackets.

The first of the trio to play will be the San Luis Obispo High girls tennis team, which will host Sage Hill of Newport Beach (17-6) in a Division 3 quarterfinal match at 2 p.m. today.

The Tigers (14-5), who finished as the PAC 7 runner-up in the regular season, have made it this far by topping Oxnard 12-6 and Redlands 9-9 (70-68). San Luis Obispo, which advanced to the divisional title match at Claremont Tennis Club a year ago, is led by a pair of junior standouts, Abigail Will and Tori Troesch, who have combined to win the past three PAC 7 singles titles.

Sage Hill, the second-place finisher in the Academy League, made it to the quarterfinals with a 14-4 win over Etiwanda and a 12-6 victory over Malibu. The winner of today’s match will move on to face either top-seeded West Ranch of Valencia or Santiago of Corona in the semifinals at 2 p.m. Thursday. San Luis Obispo would travel for the semifinals because of a predetermined coin flip.

At 5 p.m. today, Coast Union’s girls volleyball team will welcome Firebaugh of Lynwood for a Division 5A semifinal showdown.

The Broncos (16-4), in their first year in the Coast Valley League, cruised to the league title in undefeated fashion and came into the playoffs as the division’s No. 1 overall seed.

Coast Union swept Armenian General Benevolent Union 25-22, 25-17, 25-14 in the second round and Bethel Christian 25-11, 25-9, 27-25 in the quarterfinals. In Coast Union’s most recent win, setter Sophie Flemion had six kills, middle hitter Nicky Ortiz had five kills and middle hitter Maddie Stoothoff had six aces.

Firebaugh (14-0), the Harbor League champion, faced a common opponent of the Broncos in the second round, edging Shandon 23-25, 17-25, 25-21, 27-25, 16-14. The winner of this evening’s matchup will go on to meet either San Gabriel Academy or Pacific Lutheran in the divisional championship match, which will be held either Friday or Saturday at Cypress College.

At 3:15 Wednesday afternoon, the Nipomo boys water polo team will take on Nogales of La Puenta in the Division 7 semifinals. The contest will be held at Arroyo Grande High, designated as an alternate site per Southern Section rules.

The Titans (19-7), who moved from the PAC 7 into the Los Padres League this past offseason, finished second in the LPL and have made it to the semifinals thanks to 20-8 and 17-12 wins over Arroyo Valley and Orange, respectively. So far in the playoffs, Nipomo’s Marc Baker and Cole Holloway have 14 and 10 goals apiece, respectively, while 6-foot-5 goalkeeper Kirk Wilenius has totaled 26 saves.

Nogales (29-2), the bracket’s No. 2 seed, won the Valle Vista League title and has comfortably ousted Summit, 21-9 in the first round, and Los Amigos, 14-5 in the quarterfinals. Wednesday’s winner will take on either LPL champion and top-seeded Santa Ynez or Ocean View for the divisional championship, to be held at 9:20 a.m. Saturday at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine.