The San Marcos girls volleyball team is coming off a successful season where they made it to the CIF quarterfinals and shared the Channel League title with Santa Barbara and Ventura. This year, the Royals have started the season with a 3-2 record, beating Heart, Oxnard, and Westlake High Schools. The Royals also finished 5th out of 48 teams in the San Luis Obispo Tournament.
At the tournament, the Royals won their first six games in pool play before losing to a very good Arroyo Grande team in the first knockout round. The team played very well overall, and they only lost one set in their six wins before the Arroyo Grande match. The Royals defeated Paso Robles, Kingsburg, Santa Clara, Lemoore, Atascadero, and Frontier High Schools.
“Our level of play was really good,” said senior Chloe Allen.
The Royals have a relatively young team this year as most of the varsity players are juniors and there are only three seniors. Even with little varsity experience, the team is proving that they can contend and compete with some of the elite teams in Southern California. The Royals lost their season opener to Harvard-Westlake, a top school in the LA area, but they competed well, losing 30-28, 26-24, 22-25, 25-21.
In their victories over Heart and Oxnard, the Royals have shown signs of good play on both sides of the ball. In both games, the team combined for over 40 kills, assists, and digs, playing well as a team on both sides of the ball. In their third win against Westlake High School, the Royals had to fight back after losing the first two sets. Chloe Allen led the charge for the Royals in the third set by tallying 23 kills, and the team won the final three sets, 25-20, 25-21, and 15-13.
Winning Channel League is the main goal for this year’s team. Finishing in a tie for first last year has motivated the girls to work even harder in order to to claim sole possession of the title this year.
“To reach our goals we will push each other on the court and hold each other accountable to get better every time we step into the gym,” said junior Gabi Peoples.
The Royals begin league play next week against Ventura, and then the other Channel League teams the following weeks. Come support the Royals at the Thunderhut to watch them build on their strong opening to the season.