The San Luis Obispo Classical Academy girls volleyball program has had quite the season. The small school of 66 students started its athletic program four years ago. Three years ago, they formed a volleyball team. This year, the team was officially invited to the Coast Valley League and in its first year, the team advanced to CIF for the first time in school history.
The Grizzlies had home-court advantage for its CIF Southern Section Division 9 Wild Card match against Highland Hall out of Los Angeles.
SLO Classical swept the Hawks, 3-0.
Second-year head coach Adam Byers said he feels honored to accomplish this feat. “This is something I never thought I would be able to do at such a young age. I’ve assistant coached volleyball before and I knew I wanted to be a head coach at some point in my life. I never thought it would come so soon, I’m only 23-years-old so I’m really proud of that,” Byers said.
“I think a part of what makes our team so successful is because we’re a small school and there’s only so many girls so we really bond through school and social activities and playing volleyball and we have a lot of fun along the way,” said Julianne Theule, SLO Classical Academy junior middle blocker.
The Grizzlies first round of CIF will be in Inglewood on Thursday against Animo Leadership High School.