There might be nine games left in the PAC 8 boys volleyball season, but Arroyo Grande’s 3-1 win over San Luis Obispo on Tuesday night will go a long way to determining the conference championship.
After dominating San Luis Obispo (14-6, 5-2 PAC 8) in the first meeting 3-0 earlier in the season, Arroyo Grande (9-3-1, 7-0 PAC 8) lost the opening game of the night — its first dropped game in the last 16 chances. The Eagles regained the momentum and went on to a 19-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-15 win. Arroyo Grande has now won 39 games in a row.
“It was the first game that we lost in a while,” Arroyo Grande head coach Laurel Allen said. “It kind of woke them up, and sometimes that’s what is needed to really get back and say that’s unacceptable.”
The third game was pivotal in keeping the streak alive.
SLO was feeling good with an 18-13 lead. The Tigers big hitters, Sawyer McSorley and John Duffy had the Eagles defense on its heels. Then Arroyo Grande went on a 7-2 run to take the lead for the first time in the game.
A huge block on Duffy by Arroyo Grande’s 6-foot-7 middle blocker Andy VanBogelen gave the Eagles the game.
From then on, the energy and power of senior captain Ryan Meffert was too much. Meffert finished the match with 12 kills.
“I’d like to think we won league by winning this,” Meffert said. “They are our biggest competition.”
Arroyo Grande and San Luis Obispo both easily defeated the next closest competitors in the league, Mission Prep (4-7, 3-2 PAC 8) and St. Joseph (1-9, 1-2 PAC 8). And with nine games left, it would be a safe bet to take Arroyo Grande to win its fifth straight PAC 8 title.
The last team to defeat Arroyo Grande in a league game was San Luis Obispo in 2011.
Arroyo Grande looks to keep the streak alive against Pioneer Valley on Thursday. San Luis Obispo is on the road against St. Joseph.