TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles girls volleyball team continued its dominance this week as they hosted the Nipomo Titans Tuesday night. The Eagles are the No. 1 ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Division 6 and currently have a 14-4 record on the season while being 6-0 in league. The Eagles are undoubtedly the top team in the Los Padres League, and it's up for debate who is the best team in the county between them and Arroyo Grande, who is currently ranked No. 7 in Division 3. The Eagles have already beaten several PAC 8 teams this year, including both of their sister cities, Atascadero and Paso Robles.
The student section on Tuesday was packed once again with students wearing all different kinds of mismatched shades of green, hula skirts and various eagle apparel. Their energy was electric as they continually engaged in cheer-offs with the Nipomo Junior Varsity team that sat directly across from them inside the gym.
The top-seeded Eagles got off to a slow start Tuesday and at times seemed to just go through the motions and let their superior talent elevate them to victory. Templeton was trailing the Titans 3-8 in the beginning of the first set, forcing Head Coach Cameron Schaeffer to call a timeout and refocus the girls. When asked what he would change about the game on Tuesday coach Schaeffer replied, “Consistency and being able to stay disciplined in our game play. Being able to stay aggressive throughout the entire match and not just in spurts.”
Spurts is the best way to describe how the Eagles play against the Titans. After the timeout they went on a 11-5 run to retake the lead and never relinquished it from that point. Senior co-captain Lauren Reeves led the comeback charge in the first set and was simply too powerful for any of the Titan players to handle. Her vertical leap consistently allowed her to power shots straight down to floor, even when Nipomo was in perfect position to block. It became clear that Reeves was the most athletic player on the floor early, and the chants from Nipomo parents to “Stop number six,” coupled with their coaches defeated look after every vicious spike, only reinforced it. The Eagles won the first set 25-21.
Templeton displayed great defense in the second set by issuing out a few devastating blocks. On back-to-back plays, seniors Valentia Shaw and Shelby Burns elevated above the net to stuff the Nipomo kill attempt, simultaneously igniting the student section. Templeton wrapped up the second set 25-16 and the students cheered for a sweep as the two teams switched sides.
Reeves led the team offensively registering 15 kills to go with nine aces. Junior setter Camryn Roth finished the night with 24 assists and defensively Shaw added four blocks.
The Eagles won in straight sets, defeating the Titans 25-22 in the third and final set. The last set was close, but Reeves drove the nail in the coffin late as the Nipomo setter tried to dump it over the net, hoping Templeton’s defense wouldnt be set, only to have Reeves block it right back down to the floor.
Templeton will look to continue their dominance at home again on Tuesday as they welcome in Orcutt Academy.