Vista volleyball drops four-setter to Christian Brothers

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Playing for a chance to share the Capital Athletic League volleyball title, Vista gave it their all Wednesday night at Christian Brothers but lost a competitive four-set match, 24-26, 25-21, 25-17 and 25-22.

The Eagles were just a bit off and needed to play their best to beat a strong Falcon team. The Falcons made fewer errors and that led them to a victory, which improved their record to 9-1 in league and all but secured the league title. Two matches remain against Sacramento and Del Campo, the two teams at the bottom of the standings. One win will give the Falcons the league championship outright.

Vista started off well enough, winning the first game. When the teams met Sept. 17 at Vista, the Eagles fell behind 2-0 before winning their only game. On Wednesday night, Vista couldn’t keep the momentum gained in the first game going.

The Eagles pulled out the win in a close game to open the match, something they failed to do the rest of the way. With the game tied at 18, the Eagles worked up a 24-21 lead, helped from kills by Milan Calcagno, Lauren Petersen and Madeline Boerstra, as well as an ace from Boerstra. The Falcons, however, scored three straight points to tie the match at 24. The Eagles stepped up, however, and got a kill from Petersen and then took the game on a hitting error by the Falcons.

Vista didn’t serve well for most of the night, but it really bit them in the second game when they had four serving errors and lost the game by four, 25-21. The Eagles also started to lose some ball control in game two and it continued throughout the night. While Christian Brothers played more under control, the Eagles seemed to be scrambling most of the night.

“I will never doubt our effort, but we could have played a cleaner match and the girls know it,” Vista coach Dave Faz said. “They played with passion, though.”

Despite the four service errors early in the match, Vista actually led 13-9 before the wheels fell off and Christian Brothers scored seven straight points to gain momentum in the match, 16-13. Vista made it 16-14 with a back-row winner from Boerstra, but never got any closer to the lead. Like walks in baseball, service errors almost always come back to haunt a team and they did the Eagles in this game.

Vista didn’t play its best in the third game. They had the Falcons tied at 13, but faltered down the stretch, as the Falcons outscored them 12-4. With their backs to the wall down 2-1, the Eagles rebounded in the fourth game and played with more energy. The game featured consecutives ties at 16 through 20 before the Falcons took the lead for good at 21-20 and went on to win 25-22.

“It was a battle of two evenly matched teams,” Faz said. “It just came down to one or two key points in each game. They played a cleaner game, and they won the match. We were a little off tonight.”

Despite the loss, the Eagles (7-3) still have a great shot at placing second in the league, so long as they win their final two matches at home against Sacramento Monday and at Capital Christian on Wednesday. The Eagles beat both teams 3-0 the first time around in league play.