San Luis Obispo High’s Morgan Day hit the match-winning kill Tuesday night to defeat Mission Prep and give the Tigers its first taste of a PAC 8 title since 2011.
It was fitting because it was Day’s change in position that helped San Luis Obispo win 11 straight to finish the regular season, said coach Marci Beddall, including a historic win over PAC 8 co-champions Arroyo Grande.
“Rilee Day (Morgan’s sister) had been our outside hitter. Then she got hurt at a tournament and so we switched Morgan to outside,” Beddall said. “I am truly a believer that everything happens for a reason because when we made that switch is when we started to be super successful.”
Morgan finished the match against Mission Prep with 11 kills and nine digs in front of a rowdy student section in the gym at San Luis Obispo High on Senior Night.
“People kept reminding me (it was Senior Night), and I kept trying not to think about it and just stay calm throughout the game,” Morgan said after the match.
“It feels amazing. We have been working for this for so long.”
Fellow senior and captain Holland Boege led the Tigers with 17 kills.
“We would not survive without our seniors,” Beddall said. “Our seniors are the heart and soul of our team, and I feel so beyond lucky to have these girls.”
Along with Boege and Morgan, CeCe Devaney and captain Merissa Brancart played what could be their final match at home.
Brancart finished with 30 assists in the 25-23, 25-19, 16-25, 25-18 win.
Sarah Reed had 24 digs and a pair of blocks and Jennifer Laird registered 17 kills for the Royals (22-6, 10-4 PAC 8). Jeanine Hrzoff added 16 digs and three aces for Mission Prep.
Mission Prep finishes third in the PAC 8.
Arroyo Grande 3, St. Joseph 0
The Arroyo Grande girls volleyball team wrapped up a share of the PAC 8 title on Tuesday, with a 25-12, 25-15, 25-11 win over St. Joseph. Emily Sonny had 11 kills, 16 digs, two aces and a blocks and Ashlyn Herlihy had 25 kills and two blocks for the Eagles. Macie Latchmann had 21 assists and Eden Mostajo posted 15 assists and two aces for Arroyo Grande (21-5, 13-1 PAC 8).
San Luis Obispo shares the title with Arroyo Grande after topping Mission Prep and finishing with a matching 13-1 record in league.
Atascadero 3, Pioneer Valley 0
The Greyhounds swept 25-17, 25-9, 25-13, led by Kaylee Griffin’s 17 kills and three blocks and Jessie Featherstone’s 13 digs, nine kills and three aces. Macie Piers added 14 digs and Brooke Harbottle notched 32 assists, four kills and an ace for Atascadero (15-15, 6-8 PAC 8).
Paso Robles 3, Righetti 0
Kalyn Armstrong had six kills and three blocks, Tegan Curren had five kills and two blocks as the Bearcats won 25-22, 25-17, 25-11. Kiara Gable had nine kills, two aces and two blocks and Riley Austin added 12 digs and three assists. Sydnie Esser had 19 assists, nine aces and two kills for Paso Robles (11-7, 7-7 PAC 8).
Templeton 3, Orcutt Academy 0
Templeton cruised to victory and finished its league season undefeated with a 3-0 win over Orcutt Academy on Tuesday.
Emily Burns led the Eagles with 11 kills in the 25-9, 25-22, 25-15 win. Templeton (24-7 overall) finished Northern League play with a 14-0 record, dropping only one game in the process.
Lauren Ralston added nine kills and Katie Bolts had seven kills and four aces in the win.
Nipomo 3, Lompoc 0
The Titans won 25-22, 25-12, 25-14, behind Gwen Menane’s nine kills, and McKenzie Bland had six aces and five kills. Genae Abatti added four kills for Nipomo (13-10, 9-5 Los Padres League).
Coast Union 3, Maricopa 0
The Broncos won 25-11, 25-7, 25-15, behind Ahtziri Mora’s 12 aces and Xue DiMaggio’s seven kills. Reagan Kniffen had five kills and Janelle Bohey added nine aces and five kills for Coast Union (13-3, 10-0 Coast Valley League), who wrap up the regular season Thursday in a non-league match against Dunn.