Arroyo Grande's girls tennis team used all 15 players Tuesday in a 16-2 win over visiting St. Joseph, showing the Eagles' depth and quality young players.
Fresh off a challenging Golden Gate Classic tournament held at Stanford, Menlo School and Santa Clara University, the Eagles showed that local teams will have a tough time stopping Arroyo Grande.
The tournament included top Division 1 teams from California and one from Hawaii, said Lori Hollister, Arroyo Grande's head coach.
"I feel like we're growing a little every day," Hollister said. "I thought competed very well (in the Classic). We only won one match, but last year we didn't win any. I'm hoping that experience will carry us through the season and they understand they need to elevate their play. We're pretty young and they seem to be embracing opportunities to improve."
One of those opportunities was back on their home court Tuesday against the Knights.
Led by sophomore Delanie Dunkle — who played one set, beating Clare Gonzalez — the Eagles put together a list of impressive performances.
Erika Egg, Arroyo Grande's No. 2 singles player, is "steady Eddie," according to Hollister. "She's very consistent. Erika went 6-0 and then 6-1 against (the Knights') No. 1."
Also in singles, freshman Josceline Ramirez started at No. 3 and swept her sets 6-0, 6-0 and then 6-4 against St. Joseph's Gonzalez. She beat the Knights' No. 1 after falling behind 0-2.
"That was a good confidence booster for her," Hollister said.
Arroyo Grande's No. 1 doubles team of Mary Waterman and Casey Lieberman swept their sets together. Natalie Porter subbed in for Waterman for one set, which she and Lieberman also won.
Hollister is comfortable playing all of roster and doesn't "see a huge drop off. All these girls can play and are hard workers. The girls off the bench all won their sets."
Two noteworthy examples are junior Jenna Zoblisien and sophomore Natalie Porter, each of whom "have shown gumption," Hollister praised.
"Both have worked very hard," she added. "Jenna has a lot of tenacity. Natalie is very unassuming but gets the job done wherever we put her."
The humblest player on the team may also be the most talented. Dunkle is healthy after a knee injury hampered her toward the end of last season.
"We don't have to worry about pushing her too hard," Hollister said. "It's nice to see her able to play."
Dunkle has dropped one set so far this season, and it was during her 3-1 run in Golden Gate Classic.
"Delanie is just such a great competitor," Hollister said. "Not only is she good, she's humble. When someone is that good they can sometimes be tough to live with. She brings great character and humbleness and through that she leads by example. It's great for the team to see."
Cabrillo 13, Nipomo 5
The Conqs swept the doubles sets in a 13-5 win at Nipomo. The duo of Krista Eisen and Lily Wood dropped only two games in three sets.
Cabrillo improved to 3-0 and 2-0 in the Los Padres League. Sierra Hohimer won two of her three singles sets for the Conqs.
Her only loss was to Julia Johnson. The Nipomo No. 1 is one of the better singles players in the area. Nipomo's Sarah Hickenbottom won two sets.
Paso Robles 18, Pioneer Valley 0
The Panthers dropped a PAC 8 matchup against the Bearcats Tuesday and will play Friday at San Luis Obispo.