Cabrillo girls tennis went a perfect 18 for 18 on Thursday.
In its first home contest of the season and underneath a balmy 70-degree sky in Vandenberg Village, the Conquistadores swept the Pioneer Valley Panthers 18-0 in non-league action, improving to 2-0 overall.
And the Conqs completed the shutout with a new head coach at the helm: Chris Suchecki, who is taking over for David Riley – who is back officiating water polo contests.
“It was very nice,” Suchecki said of the win. “All of the girls did a very good job.”
The Conqs had to enter the season replacing their top No. 1 ace from a season ago in Sierra Hohimer. The All-Los Padres League standout graduated in June.
But some of the key contributors to last year’s CHS team collected victories over the Panthers.
On the singles side, the No. 1 option Kayla Kling won all three of her sets 6-0 against the likes of Melanie Naraval, Samantha Ramirez and Ashley Barbosa.
No. 2 option Rachel Carlos won her three games by set scores of 6-1 versus Naraval, 6-2 over Ramirez and 6-4 against Barbosa.
The singles realm saw this newcomer for CHS: Karly Kovach, who spent most of last year spearheading the doubles side for Cabrillo. Kovach defeated Naraval 6-1 and then won 6-0 over Ramirez and Barbosa.
Paris Wynne and Alyssa Murray were the designated No. 1 doubles team for the Conqs. The duo won their contests by scores of 6-4 over Jordan Dodsan and Sarah Nuno, 6-0 over Veronica Ramirez and Katrina Ocampo and netted another 6-0 win against PV’s No. 3 team of Esmeralda Sanchez and Keila Lopez.
Cabrillo’s No.2 doubles of Shelby Wuitchick-Robin Soh won their contests by scores of 6-2, 6-0 and 6-2. The No. 3 team of Dani Jacobson and Katie Hunt swept their opponents by outcomes of 7-5, 6-1 and 6-1.
Boys water polo
Atascadero 5, Cabrillo 4
The Greyhounds edged the Conquistadores in a contest that had a location change according to CHS athletic director Dan Troup.
Construction in the Lompoc Aquatic Center prevented the game from originally being played in the Lompoc Valley and instead took place at AHS.
Luke Benchek scored three goals for Cabrillo. Josh Rowe added the other.
Troup adds that the Conqs’ next contest against St. Joseph will now be played at Paul Nelson Pool in Santa Maria on Aug. 28. CHS won’t return to the L.A.C until Sept. 4 versus the Knights, Troup said via text message.
Cabrillo 294, St. Joseph 303
Medalist Ashlyn Wiswall shot a 46 in this non-league, nine-hole match at Santa Maria Country Club, leading the Conquistadores to a win in the Knights' season opener.
Alexa McCune shot a 56 for Cabrillo. Teammates Katie Heath (63), Ellie Mendibies (64) and Allisa Hess (65) followed.
Courtney Cowger led St. Joseph with a 57. Sophia Cordova (61), McKinsie Taylor (61), Samantha Plemmons (61) and Macie Taylor (63) followed for the Knights.