Going into the Orcutt Academy girls tennis team's big match against Santa Ynez Thursday, none of the Spartans' top two singles players or doubles teams had lost a set in league play.
They still haven't lost in league play.
Orcutt's top two singles players each went 3-0 Thursday. So did Orcutt's top two doubles tandems, and the Spartans beat the Pirates 12-6 on a blustery afternoon at Hancock College to move to 7-3, 5-0 and set up a first-place showdown with Cabrillo.
The defending Los Padres League champions will host the Conquistadores, who were 4-0 in league play heading into Thursday, at 3:30 p.m. next Tuesday at Hancock.
"This will give us momentum going into our match with Cabrillo," Keona Pablo said after she and partner Jana Andrade dropped one game while sweeping three sets at No. 1 doubles for the Spartans.
"Things have been going really well," said Andrade. "We're really excited and looking forward to the rest of the season."
Kayla Pablo, Keona's sister, lost one game in a three-set sweep at No. 2 singles for the Spartans. Teammate Megan Vise swept 6-0, 6-0, 6-3.
Vise had not lost a game in league play until her third-round match against Claire Collison, Santa Ynez's No. 2 player. The patient Collison played the wind well and extended Vise, but the Orcutt Academy senior finally salted away the set, the last one to finish, by holding serve in a long ninth game.
Emma Valencia and Paige Wells, Orcutt Academy's No. 2 doubles squad, extended their LPL winning streak with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 sweep.
The pair gave the Spartans a key 6-2 win in the first round against Santa Ynez's No. 2 pair of Tristen Bunderson and Mikayla Palmer.
After the match, Orcutt Academy coach Art Lopez said, "I'm really pleased with the way the team has been playing, and I'm most proud of Emma and Paige.
"They may not have the talent Keona and Jana have, but they hustle and work so hard for everything. How they do is really going to be the key to our season."
All of Santa Ynez's singles players earned a point. That would be Collison, Nikole Geque at No. 1 and Alexa Yacoub at No. 3.
Lexi Hemming and Lauren Thorburn at No. 1 doubles, Bunderson and Palmer at No. 2, and Nikki Bastanchury and Vanessa Sparkes at No. 3 all won a set for the Pirates.
Bastanchury wasn't at 100 percent, and she only played a set.
"Nikki's usually our No. 1 singles player," said Santa Ynez coach Jen Rasmussen.
"We have a young team, and we've been playing tentatively. The girls just have to play more aggressively and believe in themselves."
Andrade and Keona Pablo have thrived together after their 2016 partners, Sarah Lopez (the coach's daughter) for Pablo and Tenley Childs for Andrade, graduated.
"It's been better, playing with her," Andrade said, looking toward Pablo. "She really moves around," and covers a lot of court.
Andrade and Keona Pablo are both more than capable at the net, but the pair said Pablo is the one who plays there the most.
"I love playing at the net," Keona Pablo said. She finished her and her partner's day of tennis by putting away a volley for the last point in the pair's third-round win.
Santa Ynez will host Santa Maria at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in an LPL match.
Arroyo Grande 16, San Luis Obispo 2
The Arroyo Grande Eagles remained perfect in the PAC 8 League (6-0) and on the season (9-0) with a dominant home victory over the San Luis Obispo Tigers.
The Eagles swept their nine singles sets and all six sets played by their No. 1 and 2 doubles teams.
A.G.s top two singles players, Delanie Dunkle and Maddy Serreros, dropped just one game between them with Dunkle winning 6-0, 6-0 and 6-0 and Serreros winning 6-1, 6-0 and 6-0.
Erica Egg won the two sets she played, 6-0 and 7-6 (7-5) in the closest match of the afternoon.
Natalie Porter subbed in against SLO’s No. 1 singles player and won 6-4.
The Eagles top doubles team, Peyton Dunkle and Emma Mostajo, swept 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 and their No. 2 team, Bella Waterman and Josceline won 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.
A.G. is back in action next Tuesday at Atascadero.
St. Joseph 11, Mission Prep 7
A new doubles team for the Knights (4-4, 2-4), Brandi Shin and Gina Rigali, swept three sets at No. 3 to help boost St. Joseph to a PAC 8 League win.
Emilia Datuin and Gowri Sunitha, another new team for the Knights (Emilia's usual partner, her sister Eva, was injured and couldn't play) won both sets they played. Sunitha and Emilia Datuin picked up a forfeit win when the Royals' No. 1 team couldn't play because of an injury.
Cate Adams and Soleil Orca (that tandem usually DOES play together) won twice at No. 1 for the Knights. Katelynn Haskell won two singles sets for St. Joseph. Shianne Gooley won one.
Templeton 10, Santa Maria 8
Karyme Calderon swept three singles sets, and Jackie Solano and Allecy Lopez took three doubles sets for the Saints, who dropped a tight Los Padres League match to the Eagles.
Atascadero 14, Pioneer Valley 4
Erica Arredondo and Czarlyn Camba each earned their first PAC 8 League wins for the Panthers (0-7), who lost a league match at home to the Greyhounds.
Arredondo and Camba both won twice.
Paso Robles 12, Righetti 6
The Bearcats beat the Warriors (4-4, 2-4) in a key PAC 8 League match at Righetti. Those teams figure to battle for the fourth, and last, automatic PAC 8 qualifying spot for the playoffs.
Lauren Zimmer swept three sets at No. 1 singles for the Warriors. Joselynn Rubio and Lacey Snyder won two doubles sets. Miranda Silva and Kaitlin May won one.
Morro Bay 13, Nipomo 5
Julia Johnson swept three singles sets, and Sarah Hickenbottom and Taylor Kaiser took two doubles sets for the Titans, who lost a Los Padres League match at Morro Bay.
Orcutt Academy 270, Santa Maria 303
The Saints shot their best team score of the season, but the Spartans won this Los Padres League match at the Santa Maria Country Club.
Medalist Karli Lundberg led the Spartans to victory with a 46. Ashley McClung (51), Taylor Heath (52), Madi Birch (57) and Rochelle McClung (64) followed.
Kailani Baderama led Santa Maria with a 53. Carmen Salinas (61), Briana Nunez (62), Alicia Olivera (63) and Marlen Reyes (64) followed for the Saints.
Templeton 3, Santa Maria 0
The Eagles swept the Saints (1-7, 0-4) 25-18, 25-14, 25-16 in a Los Padres League match at Santa Maria's Wilson Gym. No other details were available.