High School Sports

Prep Playoff Roundup: Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo girls volleyball teams fall in second round; Templeton wins

Arroyo Grande celebrates a point as they battled La Cañada during the second-round CIF-Southern Section Divison 2AA girls volleyball match on Thursday.
Arroyo Grande celebrates a point as they battled La Cañada during the second-round CIF-Southern Section Divison 2AA girls volleyball match on Thursday. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

The Arroyo Grande high girls volleyball team lost 25-10, 19-25, 25-17, 25-22 to La Cañada on Thursday in round two of the CIF-Southern Section 2AA playoffs, ending its season.

Alyssa Koenig led the Eagles with 10 kills and 11 digs and Millisa Morrow had 11 kills, Danielle Mullery had seven kills and five blocks and Jade Fuller made 21 digs for Arroyo Grande.

Coach Ernie Santa Cruz says his players, who were undefeated in the PAC 7, should have pride in what they have accomplished.

“La Cañada is a great team and they played very well,” Santa Cruz said. “But the girls played hard tonight and I’m very proud of how they played.”

Downey 3, San Luis Obispo 2

The Tigers (24-7) had a 2-1 set advantage against the Vikings, who are the No. 3 seed in the Division 2AA playoffs, but ultimately lost 22-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-16, 15-10.

Holland Boege had 11 kills for the Tigers, and Maggie Eppright had 37 assists and 17 digs.

Templeton 3, San Dimas 1

The Eagles (16-3) won 25-17, 15-25, 25-17, 25-22 to advance to the Division 3A quarterfinals against the winner of Thursday’s match between St. Margaret’s and Gabrielino.

Carly Roth had 15 kills and two blocks to lead eighth-seeded Templeton. Heather Fields had 10 kills and nine digs, Autumn Russell had nine kills, Sydney Roth had 31 assists, four aces, Lindsey Wyatt had 12 digs.

Crean Lutheran 3, Nipomo 0

The Titans (18-9) were swept by the Saints 25-16, 25-23, 25-22 in the Division 3AA playoffs.

“I couldn’t find anything on them,” Nipomo coach David Cassidy said. “They had no stats on MaxPreps, no newspaper articles, nothing. It made it difficult to prepare for.”

Nipomo came out sluggish in the first set played at Crean Lutheran, which is in Irvine, but rallied and led in the final two sets.

Cristina Ozzimo had team highs with four aces and 24 assists, and Taylor Nevitt had seven kills and two blocks. Paige Waymire had 15 kills; Sarah Stahl had 14 digs, Sami Baker had four kills and three blocks, and Kiana Worth had three aces and four kills.

Coastal Christian 3, AGBU 0

Leslie Henry had 25 kills and 15 digs for the Conquerors as they swept 25-15, 25-0, 25-9 in round two of the CIF-Southern Section 5AA playoffs. 

Coastal Christian’s JoAnn Lindstaedt had 29 assists. Koral Wright had 22 digs, and Roni Garrison added five aces and 19 digs for the Conquerors.

Coastal Christian will play in the quarterfinals Saturday.

Excelsior Christian 3, Coast Union 1

The Broncos’ hopes to repeat as Division 5AA champions were dashed in the second round, as the Broncos were beaten 25-17, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16.

Coast Union (13-7) had five returning players from the last year’s team. 

“The seniors’ experience and contributions will continue to help us next year because they taught the younger girls so much,” Coast Union coach Pam Kenyon said.

Roxy Mertens led the Broncos with nine kills, and Karla Soto had five kills and 21 digs. Doris Steen also had five kills, Amy Avina had three aces and 16 digs, and Sage Radecki had 28 assists.


Arroyo Grande 10, Redlands East Valley 5

The Eagles took a strong lead in the third quarter to defeat the Wildcats in their first game of the Division 4 CIF-Southern Section playoffs. 

Arroyo Grande pulled away in the second half after leading 4-3 at halftime. 

Jack Empey led Arroyo Grande with five goals. Hissam el-Essemdi scored twice for the Eagles, and Nick Chapman, Nick Valenti, and Daniel Sistek each added one goal. 

Goalkeeper Chandler Mankins had nine saves for Arroyo Grande.

Cerritos 18, San Luis Obispo 6

The Tigers lost to the Dons in Cerritos in the Division 4 second round. 

Kent Murphy made 14 saves in goal for San Luis Obispo but was unable to slow a dominant Cerritos offense.

Nolan Morgan scored twice for the Tigers. Chase Anderson, Kyle Sweasey, Nick Bea, and Emmerson Trout scored one apiece for San Luis Obispo.