Eagles want the throne

Return five all-league starters

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles girls volleyball team cruised through the Los Padres League (LPL) last year finishing the season undefeated and 24-5 overall. Templeton reeled off 17 consecutive wins to end the season before going three rounds deep in the CIF playoffs before losing to Ontario Christian.

The Eagles landed seven girls on the LPL all-league list last year with Cheyenne Rice, Camryn Roth, and Valen Shaw making the first team, Kylee Tachovsky, and Maya Kerey making the second team, and Natalle Blishak earning honorable mention to go along with Lauren Reeves who was named the Most Valuable Player. Of those seven, only Shaw and Blishak graduated, meaning the Eagles will be returning five all-league players, easily the most of any team in the area.

This season, with the move to the Central Section, Templeton has moved up into the Mountain League and will compete with larger schools that formerly made up the PAC 8, and are excited to prove that they weren’t only the best team in the LPL, but the best in the county.

“I am really excited about playing all these teams because they were known as the better teams in the league,” Rice said. “Even though we beat them all last year. So I’m excited to see how it is going to be this year.”

Last year in the preseason, the Eagles beat Atascadero, which finished second in the PAC 8, Paso Robles, Mission Prep and San Luis Obispo, which finished third in the PAC 8, twice and are eager to prove it wasn’t a fluke.

“We are pretty confident going in because we did beat them in all the preseason games and everything,” Reeves said. “We’re just super excited to play good competition this year, not anything against the Los Padres League, but bigger schools and better players I guess.”

The Eagles number one problem a season ago was not taking things seriously enough because they knew they could coast through the LPL on their talent, and when they needed to flip the switch deep in the playoffs, they couldn’t.

“The level of play is going to help us,” head coach Cameron Schaeffer said. “It’s going to push us and that’s what we need to be able to go deeper in the playoffs. We need that competition throughout league and so being in the Mountain League and playing some of these teams is going to really help us be able to play harder and work harder in practice and get us closer to the goal we want to achieve.”

Schaeffer has spent the summer tightening up his practices just a bit and repeating the message that the girls must take things more seriously this year if they want to succeed in the division with the bigger schools.

“It is great [to be in the Mountain League],” Schaeffer continued. “But I just have to make sure they stay in check because they know they are talented, but so does everyone else. In the end, it’s not who is the most talented on paper, you still have to put in the work, play every game and every point and it is going to be a grind and they all know it so we have to go out there and take care of business the best we can.”

Templeton will begin their season on Tuesday when they host Pioneer Valley and will begin Mountain League play on Sept. 6 when they travel to San Luis Obispo to take on the Tigers.


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