Sep 19, 2012 8:51 PM by Andrew Masuda

Titans serving notice they are title contenders

Just a few weeks into the season, the Nipomo High girls volleyball team has served notice it is a contender for the Los Padres League title.

The Titans are off to a 7-0 start under recently named head coach David Cassidy. He is the program's third varsity head coach in the last three years. "Personally I feel a lot like George Seifert when he took over the 49ers. He had a Super Bowl-bound team and he didn't have to do anything but let them play and that's the way it is with these girls," said Cassidy.

The Titans have plenty of weapons this season. Paige Waymire leads the team with 180 kills. Four year varsity starter Sarah Stahl, the team's libero, has 194 digs.

Last week, the Titans handed Santa Ynez its first LPL loss in seven years. The girls are focused on winning the program's first league title since 2004. "Our goal for sure is to be first in our league because we have not been first in our league since a team forever ago. So we really are pushing for that and hopefully going further than the first game in CIF," said junior middle blocker and opposite hitter Taylor Nevitt. She ranks second on the team with 75 kills and a team-high 42 aces.

"There is so much potential, oh my gosh. Our outsides are doing great, our middles are doing great, Sarah is doing great at libero. I think we really have a well-rounded team and we have a ton of potential," added senior captain Cristina Ozzimo. The four-year varsity player has dished out 216 assists.

Nipomo is ranked fifth this week in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA coaches poll. The Titans host Morro Bay Thursday night in a league match.



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