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Oct 05

Templeton volleyball on fire

The Templeton High girs’ volleyball team continues to look very strong. Since losing to AG earlier this season in a nonleague match, coach Jodi Kelly has made some adjustments in positioning and moved some players around on the court.
The Eagles have a 16-9 overall record and are undefeated at 6-0 in the Los Padres League, beating contenders Nipomo and Santa Ynez in the process. Santa Ynez hadn’t lost a league match in seven years before this season.
The Eagles have five seniors who are leading the way (Lindsey Wyatt, Sydney Roth, Heather Fields, Carly Roth, and Zoe Bond).
Juniors Mari Stewart and Autumn Russell, as well as sophomore Lucy Portillo, are contributing in big ways as well.
Kelly said that the girls care about each other and the support has gone a long way to helping them get off to a monster start in league.
The goal is to win out the league and go far in CIF playoffs, Sydney Roth said after Thursday’s win against the Pirates. Roth hugged her cousin, Carly, in celebration.
Another Roth — Fallon Roth — is on the Templeton squad. Maybe the Roths can make up their own family team someday.
An interesting note about the Templeton gym is that the ceiling is fairly low, so when players hit the ball too high, it comes charging back. Sometimes the ball clangs light fixtures or slams off beams. The fans get a kick out of scramble points when the players have to lunge and stretch for balls rocketed back at them. The idea isn’t to pass the ball off the ceiling, of course, but Templeton seems to have a knack for keeping those points alive. Home court advantage, I suppose.

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