Apr 11, 2013 9:31 PM by Andrew Masuda

Templeton Eagles eying first-ever LPL boys volleyball title

Just two years after its resurrection, the Templeton High boys volleyball team is closing in on its first-ever Los Padres League title.

The Eagles are coached by Todd Schaefer. The former professional volleyball player started the program at the junior varsity level in 2011. Now in just their second year at the varsity level, the Eagles are a perfect 4-0 in LPL play and 10-1 overall after a three game sweep over Orcutt Academy on Thursday.

They are ranked 10th this week in CIF's Division 4 Coaches Poll. They were ranked 8th a few weeks ago before falling to Pac 7 League-leading and undefeated Arroyo Grande.

Though far from satisfied, players say their success so far is the product of years of hard work together.

"We started all pretty young and we had a club team and really progressed through. I really think we built some chemistry and this season we plan on taking the league title," said senior setter Eric Larhargou.

"It's made the sport a lot more fun. Back in the beginning we'd have trouble passing, we wouldn't be able to run plays. But with our coach, he really worked on us and chiseled us into athletes," added junior middle blocker and team's leading hitter Henri Cherry.

The Eagles can all but wrap up their first-ever LPL title with a win next Tuesday at home against Santa Ynez.



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