Nipomo's girls volleyball team is off to a 2-0 start in Los Padres League play after defeating Cabrillo in three sets Tuesday night. The Titans won 25-20, 25-16 and 25-18 at Cabrillo.
The Titans (4-3 overall) overcame some fundamental issues in the outset of the match, as NHS players were sometimes out of position on kill attempts or saw the ball fly into the stands. But Cabrillo (0-5, 0-1 in the LPL) had similar issues.
Nipomo’s Leanna Jackson, Mackenzie Bland, Rody Canton and Daisy Omuhundro helped spearhead the strong net play with blocks and hits over the net. Nipomo built a 20-13 lead until the Conquistadores rallied back with the athletic play of Haylea Shell, Samantha Steele and Alyssa Stewart, outscoring the Titans 7-5 the rest of the way but losing 25-20 in set one.
In set two, Cabrillo leaped out to an early 9-5 lead, which led to thunderous cheers from its cheerleaders and some of the junior varsity team members in the stands. But the Titans went on a 9-2 run to take the 14-11 lead and never trailed from there, winning by nine.
Cabrillo stayed close with the Titans for most of the third set, trailing by 8-6 during one sequence before Canton, Omuhundro, Bland and Hailey Smith helped put the game away. Head coach Andrea Ragan was pleased with the overall play at the net.
“My girls’ momentum and energy throughout the whole matches really came together,” Ragan said. “Even when they made mistakes, they came together and had high energy throughout the whole match.”
Ragan cites passing and energy as the two key ingredients for the Titans this season. She was equally pleased with the improved play of Omuhundro, who has developed steadily on the court.
“She went from a spot on the bench to a playing spot,” Ragan said. “She killed it tonight.”
Bland finished with five kills, while Smith finished with four. Abby Gutierrez led the way with 17 digs.
As for the Conqs, they’ve been trying to adjust to Rhiannon Turnquist in her first stint as the head coach – making her the third coaching leader in the last three years for CHS. Turnquist says the Conqs have enthusiasm, but the energy levels haven’t had consistency.
“The main message we sent out was that we need to keep our energy up and keep encouraging each other, plus make smart plays,” Turnquist said. “We’re working on that as a team and they definitely have their moments where the energy levels aren’t high. But they are pulling together as a team.”
While Turnquist was sworn into the head coaching position on the eve of fall practices, she says her team has already gotten used to her.
“I think they’ve adjusted pretty well. But it’s good that Megan Love (last year’s head coach) is also here helping. We all work together real well,” Turnquist said. “I do want them to get excited as the coaches get. When they make plays, they need to get excited about it like we do.”
Nipomo returns home on Thursday night to take on unbeaten LPL champion Santa Ynez at 5:30 p.m. Cabrillo will also return home to face Morro Bay at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
St. Joseph 3, Pioneer Valley 0
The Knights swept the Panthers 25-20, 27-25 and 25-16.
Pioneer Valley junior Morgan Krause had seven kills and four blocks. Junior Sasha Brafman had three service aces and 10 digs. Junior Alison Magni led the Panthers with 10 kills.
Pioneer Valley hosts Paso Robles on Thursday at 6 p.m. in its next PAC 8 League match.
Arroyo Grande 3, Mission Prep 0
The Eagles swept the Royals, 25-15, 25-10 and 25-8.
Macie Lachemann led the Eagles offense with 26 assists. Rilee Day added nine kills and Zoë Paulsen pitched in with seven.
Orcutt Academy 3, Lompoc 2
The Spartans (1-1 Los Padres League) edged the Braves 16-25, 25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 15-12 in a LPL match at Lompoc.
Zaley Bennett racked up 12 kills for Orcutt. Carla Bort and Yesenia Zacarias had eight and seven kills respectively. Jakelyn Shippy served five aces for the Spartans.
Morro Bay 3, Santa Maria 0
The Pirates swept the Saints (3-3, 1-1) 25-18, 25-22, 25-21 in a Los Padres League match at Morro Bay.
Saisha Kahae made 15 digs for Santa Maria. Joahna Rivera led the Saints in kills with five. Laisha Real served four aces.
Cabrillo 13, Nipomo 5
The Conquistadores moved to 2-0 in the LPL following their eight-point victory at home on Tuesday.
Cabrillo’s No. 2 singles player Clancy Turner endured a battle with NHS’s No. 1 player Taylor Kaiser, beating her 7-6. The Conquistadores’ No. 1 player Sierra Hohimer won all three of her matches by scores of 6-0, 6-4 and 6-0.
Cabrillo’s No. 3 doubles team of Kamowlan Upachit and Madison Sikes won all three of their sets 6-4, 6-3 and 6-3.