There were some compelling performances during the past week of Central Coast sports. Meanwhile, some teams have big tests ahead.
Here is a look at some of that.
Now that's a night's work
Righetti's Kennedy Klusendorf racked up 23 kills, 10 assists and seven digs as the Warriors beat Pioneer Valley in four sets in a PAC 8 League volleyball match Thursday night.
During that same match, teammate Michaela Olney made 26 digs and served six aces. Sierra Sanchez set Klusendorf up well, notching 22 assists.
Pioneer Valley's Bonnie Zuniga continued her steady season's work with 19 kills and 14 digs. Natalia Zaragoza continued to pile up the assists, with 29.
As for Klusendorf, she had 23 kills in a PAC 8 loss against Arroyo Grande Tuesday night.
Thinking woman's tennis
During St. Joseph's 13-5 home win over Foster Road rival Righetti, the second-round singles match between St. Joseph's Julia Laggren and Righetti's Kate Hardisty was particularly absorbing.
Laggren led 4-1 and was up two service breaks but Hardisty, crafting her game nicely, mixed deftly-placed soft shots with well-angled hard ones to pull into a 4-4 tie.
Laggren responded by tightening up her game and making the shots she needed to. Laggren pulled out a 6-4 win. The set consisted of a lot of well-played tennis by both players.
Models of consistency
Cynthia Navis of Nipomo and Sarah Fouratt of Righetti keep on medaling and their golf teams keep on winning.
Navis, with a 39 over nine holes, medaled again as the Titans stayed in first place by winning a Los Padres League Tournament at La Purisima in Lompoc Thursday.
Fouratt led first-place Righetti to victory in a PAC 8 Tournament with a 39 on a windy day at Cypress Ridge in Arroyo Grande Thursday.
Kinsey McBride of Arroyo Grande was the co-medalist with Fouratt. Righetti coach Brian Tomooka said that Thursday marked the first time that Fouratt, a freshman, was not the outright medalist in a Warriors match.
Taking care of business
St. Joseph's girls tennis squad figured, with customary 1-2 PAC 8 League finishers Arroyo Grande and San Luis Obispo looking strong again, that it had better break through against the Atascadero-Paso Robles-Righetti triumvirate if it wanted to make the playoffs.
Mission accomplished so far. Despite having no reserves, the Knights finished a combined 2-1 against those teams in the first round.
Meanwhile, Orcutt Academy's girls tennis squad has an important week ahead.
After starting 3-0 in their first Los Padres League campaign, the Spartans fell against the top two teams in the league, Santa Ynez and Cabrillo, last week.
Orcutt Academy figures to need to break through against either Morro Bay or Templeton this year in order to make the playoffs. The Spartans play at Morro Bay Tuesday and host Templeton Thursday to finish the first round of league matches.
The Orcutt Academy girls volleyball squad is on the winning side of the ledger in its first Los Padres League campaign. The Spartans are 2-1.
Jessie Jin has had a big season for the Spartans so far, and she racked up 11 kills and 30 digs in Orcutt Academy's four-set win Thursday.
Chandler Alvino made 37 digs for the defensive-minded Spartans. Alyse Carson made 31.
Thinking about baseball
Some people might not like the addition of another Major League wild card team in both leagues, but it's fine with me. It lets the three division champions in each start with a level playing field. They all get a first-round bye.