The Cabrillo High girls tennis team is yet to endure its first Los Padres League loss under new head coach David Riley.
And this time, the Conquistadores had to fight through a blistering breeze at the Dave Bickmore Courts at Lompoc High, defeating the Braves 12-6 to improve to 5-0 overall in league play.
The winds are traditionally a thorn on any tennis teams’ side and Riley saw its effect on his team.
“The conditions were not fun,” Riley said after the match. “That cross wind was pretty strong during the day and then it kind of simmered out. I felt all the girls, though, did well adjusting to the wind.”
Cabrillo was dominant on the doubles side once again, winning seven of the nine matches. The Conquistadores’ No. 1 team of Karly Kovach and Alyssa Murray and the No. 2 team of Karley Atkin and Paris Wynne won all three of their matches.
Lompoc, now 3-2 in the LPL, managed to see the Braves’ No. 2 team of Malani Terrones and Trinity Stallworth win 6-1 over Kamowlan Upachit and Madison Sikes, plus see the No. 3 team of Karla Aragon and Jaceli Lopez win 6-2 against the Conqs’ duo – who are Cabrillo’s No. 3 doubles team.
On the singles end, no Conquistadore won all three of her matches as LHS provided some fight there. Cabrillo’s No. 1 option Sierra Hohimer and No. 3 player Clancy Turner won two of three matches – with Hohimer winning both of her games 6-0 by constantly showing an aggressive side near the net.
Riley, however, was most impressed with his No. 2 player Shelby Wutichick – who had a change in attitude as the game went on.
“Early on, Shelby was playing super tentative but as we went on we told her ‘Look, if you’re going to play, play the right way and if you’re going to lose, lose the right way but go out and be aggressive.’ And she really improved toward the end,” Riley said.
She wasn’t the only one who won over Riley as the winds died down at LHS.
“The same was with Clancy Turner. She was getting after the ball like we teach them to do. And we saw a big difference,” Riley said.
Lompoc’s No. 3 option Cheri Battle won all three of matches by scores of 6-2, 6-1 and 7-5. Lompoc’s No. 1 Anahi Reatiga took one of three singles matches, beating Wutichick 6-3.
Braves head coach Margie Ledgerwood acknowledged that it was windy, but she and the Braves are no strangers to these elements.
“Well, we’re used to it at Lompoc,” Ledgerwood joked. “But it does impact play.”
Ledgerwood said her singles unit helped keep the Braves in the contest against one of the top teams in the LPL.
“Our singles played a little more consistent as far as putting the ball in play,” Ledgerwood said. “The doubles were aggressive but lacked consistency. But the effort is there. The kids are working hard in practice. Their attitudes are positives and we’re getting better.”
Next up for Cabrillo is now Orcutt Academy, also 5-0 in the LPL. Riley is already looking forward to the Tuesday duel at 3:30 p.m. at Hancock College.
“Yeah, that’s going to be fun,” Riley said. “It’s going to be a good one and we look forward to the challenge.”
Lompoc travels to Morro Bay on Tuesday in another 3:30 p.m. contest.
Righetti 3, St. Joseph 0
Righetti improved its PAC 8 League record to 3-2 (8-6 overall), sweeping cross street rival St. Joseph 25-15, 25-18, 25-15 at Righetti.
Zane Sheckherd led the Warriors with 15 kills.
Righetti’s Jenna Wuethrich added six kills and Jessica Powell and Lacey Thompson each had five kills. Kailani Cabanting had five aces and Gaby Arellano had four aces and 11 digs. Jahnine Ricrafrente had 12 digs for Righetti.
Righetti plays next at the Clovis High Tournament Friday and Saturday before hosting Paso Robles next Tuesday as the Warriors get back to PAC 8 play.
Arroyo Grande 3, Pioneer Valley 0
Arroyo Grande swept the Panthers, 25-3, 25-5 and 25-6.
Maddie Honeycutt led Arroyo Grande in kills with 11, while Whitney Thompson had six and Taylor McCuish added five.
Lompoc 3, Cabrillo 1
The Braves had 29 total team kills by beating rival Cabrillo in four sets at Bryan Ayer Court. Set scores were 25-22, 23-25, 25-13 and 25-19.
Treonna Coleman had eight kills and five blocks, which led the team. Isabella Robles led LHS with nine kills.
Santa Ynez 3, Orcutt Academy 0
Steady Gillian Willks racked up 13 kills and eight blocks for the Pirates (7-4, 4-1) as they swept the Spartans 25-21, 25-19, 25-21 in a Los Padres League match at Santa Ynez.
Aile Uribe served three aces and had 18 assists for the Pirates. Rylynn Ibarra served five aces and made 16 digs.