With her short-handed squad coming off a rugged weekend tournament, Arroyo Grande girls tennis team coach Lori Hollister was hoping her team would keep its sharpness Tuesday.
The Eagles were pretty sharp.
Arroyo Grande (5-0, 3-0) blanked St. Joseph (3-2, 1-2) 18-0 in a PAC 8 League match at St. Joseph. The Eagles won 54 of 55 doubles games and 54 of 62 singles games.
"We were missing four players today," said Hollister. Another player "should become eligible for us on Sept. 29," said Arroyo Grande's coach. "She's a transfer and has to sit out the first half of the season," by CIF Southern Section rule.
"I thought the girls did a good job of remembering the lessons they learned over the weekend," said Hollister. "In doubles, closing aggressively at the net and in singles, not double faulting and giving up easy points."
Doubles tandems Casey Lieberman and Christina Atherton, and Emma Mostajo and Nathalie Porter each swept 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 for the Eagles. Lily Bickmore won 6-0, 6-1 with starter Emily Canigula and 6-0 with sub Carissa Schaefer.
Shianne Gooley, at No. 2 singles, was the Knight who came closest to winning a set. Erika Egg, Arroyo Grande's No. 2 singles player Tuesday, defeated her 6-3.
The Eagles finished 11th in a field of 16 at the third annual Golden State Tennis Classic at Stanford University that included "some very tough Division I schools from around the country," last Friday and Saturday, said Hollister.
Arroyo Grande junior Delanie Dunkle, the defending PAC 8 singles champion, at No. 1 singles and freshman Maddy Ferreros, at No. 2, each won three of their four sets at Stanford.
Neither player was there for the match Tuesday. As for Lieberman and Atherton, they thrived Tuesday after winning three of their four sets together at Stanford.
The pair has prospered in their first season together. They are unbeaten in league sets.
"We're good friends," said Lieberman. "That helps."
Both seniors play at the net a lot, and that's the way they like it. "We're both aggressive about going to the net and going after a lot of balls," said Atherton.
Lieberman won the PAC 8 League doubles championship with the since-graduated Mary Waterman last year. Atherton teamed with Bickmore last season.
"Mary played at the net a lot last year, and I played mostly baseline," said Lieberman. "I like it at the net better."
Arroyo Grande freshman Peyton Dunkle, Delanie Dunkle's younger sister, won her two sets 6-0, 6-0 Tuesday. Hollister subbed in Devan Doud for Peyton Dunkle in the third, and last, round and Doud won 6-2.
Besides her 6-3 first-round win, Egg won her other two sets 6-0, 6-0. Josceline Ramirez, at No. 3, won her sets 6-1, 6-0, 6-2 for the Eagles.
Even though his young team didn't score any points, St. Joseph coach Ray Cavazos said, "We competed, even though the score doesn't show it. There were a couple ad games, a couple deuce games that didn't go our way.
"It's a re-building timefor us. I have two seniors, and one of them wasn't here today."
Arroyo Grande will play at Paso Robles at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. St. Joseph will play at Atascadero at the same time. Both matches are league ones.
Orcutt Academy 13, Lompoc 5
The defending league champs won a Los Padres League match on the road to move to 4-3, 2-0.
Megan Vise won three sets without dropping a game for the Spartans. Kayla Pablo also swept three singles sets, Keona Pablo and Jana Andrade took their doubles sets 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 for Orcutt.
Righetti 248, Atascadero 267
Even without three-time defending PAC 8 League individual champion Sarah Fouratt, the Warriors (5-1,2-0) won this PAC 8 match handily at Chalk Mountain in Atascadero.
Claire Alford led Righetti with a 44. Claudia Smith (48), Dominique Garcia (50), Cambria Flaa (53) and Alyssa Escobido (53) followed for the Warriors.
Match medalist Katie Burson led the Greyhounds with a 40.
"It was a good team effort for us today," said Righetti coach Brian Tomooka. "The girls played well."
St. Joseph 321, Pioneer Valley 329
Playing without their top golfer, Sarah Cossa, the Knights were able to beat the Panthers (0-3, 0-1) in a PAC 8 League match at Blake Lake in Nipomo, Pioneer Valley's home course.
Sophia Cordova led the Knights with a 61. Teammates Alexis Mitchell (62), Mackenzie Taylor (62), Karina Plata (68) and Monet Villalobos (68) followed.
Medalist Coryn Nodal led Pioneer Valley with a 60. Julia Vargas (64), Aalyah Peinado (66), Mitzy Zacarias (68) and Yadira Barrera (71) followed for the Panthers.
Cabrillo 260, Santa Maria 322
The Conquistadores defeated the Saints in a Los Padres League match at the Santa Maria Country Club.
Medalist Ashlyn Wiswall led the Conqs to the win with a 41. Britney McCune (50), Alexa McCune (51), Evelyn Scarfe (57) and Katie Heath (61) followed for Cabrillo.
Brianna Nunez led the Saints with a 55. Teammates following were Marlen Reyes (62), Anahy Torres (66), Kailani Balderama (69) and Aliya Olivera (70).
Boys water polo
St. Joseph 14, Pioneer Valley 3
The Knights (2-7, 1-2) won this PAC 8 League game handily at Paul Nelson Pool.
Seven Knights scored, and Dominic Partida, Ryan Galanski and Aiden Anderson all had three goals for St. Joseph. Justin Jones scored twice, and Noah Martinez, Jamison Stahl and Bryan Bumann all scored once.