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Templeton High School sophomore Lauren Reeves hits for the Eagles during the Los Padres League match on Tuesday at THS.
Eagles look to heal for postseason
TEMPLETON — The Eagles took the court with no doubt they would come away with the win against Lompoc on Tuesday at Templeton High School, and looked to continue staying healthy as the second half of the varsity girls volleyball season quickly passed.
Indeed, the Eagles swept the Braves, 25-12, 25-11, 25-14.
The final set of the match was close at 9-7, until the Eagles put it away with a run to 25-14.
The win put the Eagles at 7-3 in the Los Padres League, where they sit in third behind Nipomo (8-2) and Santa Ynez (10-0).
Over the past couple years, the Eagles overcame Santa Ynez, and went undefeated against the Pirates. Although the Pirates took both matches from Templeton this year, it is a rivalry that will continue to challenge each school, with experience leaning to Santa Ynez this year.
“They are senior heavy,” Schaeffer said. “I believe they have 12 seniors on their side, so experience is definitely on their side.”
In perspective, Schaeffer looks to get his Eagles back on top in coming years.
“I have a bunch of young players,” Schaeffer said, “and some are fairly new to the rivalry at the varsity level.”
While Schaeffer has one eye on the future, he also has his feet on the ground and working with a team that has suffered through injury — including senior hitter Maddie Johnson. Johnson has been out for two to three weeks, and Schaeffer is not sure if she will return this season.
“The story this season has been injuries,” Schaeffer said. “A lot of players have been injured, and we have had to fight through it. I think we have been doing a good job of it. I have had some of my young varsity players step up. At first it was a little shaky, but it is starting to come around.”
The match against Lompoc on Tuesday helped get the team up to speed, as the Eagles dominated and executed their plays.
“We used it to get reps and work on things we are struggling with,” Schaeffer said. “That way when we play stronger teams, we can execute a little better. That is the mentality — still play hard. Every team is good until they show otherwise, so go out there and play hard.”
Chances are slim that the Eagles can catch Santa Ynez, so Schaeffer has his eyes on development preparation for the playoffs.
“We need to make sure our passing is consistent, especially when we go into playoffs,” Schaeffer said. “Those teams are there for a reason, and we need to make sure we can stand up to that, and take it to them.”
In the way is the Morro Bay Pirates.
“We have Morro Bay on Thursday, and that will be a nice test,” Schaeffer said. “When we went there, they played us tough, and we expect them to play just as tough here.”
Results of Thursday’s match against Morro Bay were unavailable at press time.
Templeton (7-3 LPL, 11-8 overall) travel to Santa Maria on Tuesday to face the Saints at 5:30 p.m.
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