The Santa Ynez boys opened the season Tuesday with a straight-set loss at San Luis Obispo, 25-14, 25-13, and 25-16.

Senior outside hitter Grant Fieldhouse led the Pirates with 10 kills and one service ace.

Santa Ynez coach Craig Scott was pleased with his team’s effort.

“We are starting four new players, so we could not match the Tigers experience or intensity, but we are an athletic team, so every touch this team gets will make them stronger as the season progresses,” Scott said. “We had flashes of what this team can do, so I’m looking forward to their development over the next few weeks.”

Santa Ynez opens Channel League play at home Thursday against Santa Barbara.

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