Olivia Trudeau helped coached two Nipomo boys volleyball teams on Tuesday night – and one of them is now 1-0 in Los Padres League play.
Facing an improving Cabrillo varsity team that brought height and strong outside hitting to the Nipomo High gym, the Titans swept the Conquistadores 3-0 by set scores of 25-12, 25-19 and 25-21.
Trudeau, who once starred at Arroyo Grande High and went on to play at Seton Hall University, spent the first part of her day helping coach up the junior varsity unit against the J.V Conqs before switching gears to the varsity side. She acknowledged she spent a lot of her late afternoon and early evening inside the gym and away from the rain pouring outside.
“I know. It was kind of a long one,” Trudeau said, laughing.
Her varsity team not only improved to 3-2 overall but earned their first victory in LPL play with, what she described, a resilient display from her team.
“I think us not giving up and not letting up was key,” Trudeau said. “Even when we were down a few points, we kept pushing. And we did a better job with passing. We had some good passes, good defense and good blocking – so I was excited to see that.”
In the first set, Cabrillo got going early with Josh Her and Chris Campos helping lead the offensive attack – spearheading the 4-1 lead from the outset. However, the Titans rallied back through the solid net play from Jerico Becerra – who had two key kills to help tie the game at 7-7. From there, the likes of Daniel Lavery and Andrew Diaz helped break a late 8-8 tie and turned it into a 17-4 run to close the first set.
The Conqs tried starting off fast again in the second set – especially after Sean Wood’s kill attempt ricocheted off of one Nipomo player’s hand and flew toward the American flag that was draped over the south end of the gym, drawing loud praise from the CHS bench. The Titans, though, received stellar defensive play from Julian Bonino who became a two-handed blocking machine at the net. Bonino and Lavery ignited the defensive and offensive attack, respectively, to lead the 25-19 set two win.
Set three saw another slow start from the home team, as NHS fell behind 4-0. The outside hitters and setters would end up breathing new life into the Titans to navigate another NHS rally. Trudeau called Tuesday’s outing a solid performance.
“All around, I thought we were pretty solid tonight. Overall, I think it was very consistent tonight,” Trudeau said. “Julian did a great job. He had some great blocks. Daniel as well and Andrew our setter does a great job with getting the ball to our hitters. Jerico did a great job on defense and Luis Riquelme as well.”
Lavery led the way with kills with eight and had seven digs. Becerra had 12 digs. Riquelme had six digs. Diaz had 23 assists. Bonino ended his night with six kills.