Both the Lompoc and Santa Maria girls volleyball teams entered the SMHS gym on Tuesday searching for their first Los Padres League win on the season.
The Braves wound up breaking out of the winless column in league play, winning in four sets by scores of 25-20, 23-25, 25-20 and 25-16 – improving to 8-6 overall and 1-3 in the LPL.
Head coach Mark Jasso says he’s relieved about finally winning a league match, especially after two of those league losses were decided in a fifth set.
“It feels really good because we should’ve won against Nipomo and Orcutt Academy, but we took them to five sets and didn’t quite go over the hump,” Jasso said.
Yet, Jasso said he believed this victory over the Saints could’ve come with more consistency out of the Braves.
“It was a good game, but we should’ve controlled the game a little more,” Jasso said. “Our passing let us down and so did our defense. But our middle attack was really good with Esparanza Zepeda and Treonna Coleman. When they were hitting the ball really well, it was going down to the floor. Tonight, our middles played really well.”
Santa Maria took an early 13-9 lead in set one. But, the Braves would outscore the home team 16-7 the rest of the way – as Coleman and Jaycee Hayes helped lead the charge at the front of the net.
Coleman, a 5-foot-11 senior, had one key block that cut the SM lead to 16-15, prompting Saints head coach Dustin Astrosky to call an early timeout. Isabella Robles energized the LHS sidelines even more with a thunderous kill that prompted the reserves to cheer “click-click-boom” in excitement, putting LHS ahead 22-18 before pulling away for the set one victory.
In the second set, the Saints improved their serving to build a six-point lead late before at 20-14. Robles helped lead the Braves’ rally, but the Saints held on for the 25-23 win.
Sets three and four saw the Braves jump out to big leads and never let up. Robles, Zepeda and Coleman were the trio largely responsible for pounding and blocking the white ball at the net.
Lompoc returns home on Thursday to face Cabrillo at 5:30 p.m. Santa Maria is also home and welcomes Templeton on Thursday at 6 p.m.
Righetti 3, Mission Prep 2
The Warriors edged the Royals in five, winning 30-32, 25-17, 25-15, 23-25 and 15-11.
Not other details were available at press time.
San Luis Obispo 3, Pioneer Valley 0
The Tigers swept the Panthers in PAC 8 League play with a 25-6, 25-4 and 25-8 win.
Arroyo Grande 3, Paso Robles 0
The Eagles won 25-16, 25-21 and 25-13.
Maddie Honeycutt led the Eagles with 12 kills. Rilee Day added nine kills and Macie Lachemann dished out 32 assists.
Cabrillo 10, Santa Ynez 8
In the battle of the Los Padres League unbeatens on the tennis court, the Conquistadores improved to 4-0 in league play by holding off the Pirates.
The doubles side was once again the Achilles heel for the Conqs, as CHS took five set victories there. The No. 1 team of Karly Kovach and Alyssa Murray won all three of their matches by scores of 6-1, 6-3 and 6-2.
Cabrillo’s No. 1 singles player Sierra Hohimer won all three of her matches as well – winning by scores of 6-0, 6-3 and 6-0. Head coach David Riley called it a huge win versus a great Santa Ynez team.
“Our No. 1 singles and doubles led the way with six sets won,” Riley said. “Santa Ynez is a fantastic club with great players and coaches. I’m proud of the fight my girls had. We’ve still got work to do, but the girls are up to the task.”
Shelby Wutichick, CHS’s No. 3 singles player, pulled an upset against Santa Ynez’s top singles option Nikki Bastanchury 7-6. Bastanchury went on to defeat Clancy Turner 6-1 for her lone match win.
Cabrillo faces Lompoc on the road on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Santa Ynez travels to Orcutt Academy at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.