Vista volleyball learning on the go

By: Matt Long of the Telegraph
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It’s been a learning season for the Vista del Lago varsity girls’ volleyball team.

After dropping matches to El Camino and Christian Brothers in the first round of the Capital Athletic League play, Vista (3-5 in league, 7-11 overall) had hoped for a different result the second time around. Things didn’t turn out that way, as the Eagles lost to El Camino in three games on Oct. 12, and then lost to the Falcons in four games on Oct. 17, 27-25, 25-27, 25-17, 25-17.

“We’ve been making mental errors when it matters most,” Vista coach Dave Faz said. “That’s to be expected with a young team. Anytime I get emotional about it and want to get hard on them, I look at the big picture and remember that we’re going to grow from this. We only have two seniors.”

On senior night Oct. 17, Vista narrowly lost a heartbreaking first game to Christian Brothers, 27-25, before rebounding to win the second by the same score. However, the more experienced Falcons took the last two games, 25-17, 25-17.

“We had so much energy on senior night, maybe too much energy,” Faz sad. “We eventually calmed down and took it to four. We scratched and clawed. The two matches against Christian Brothers have been our best two matches.”

Vista got back on the winning track on Thursday, defeating Casa Roble on the road in three straight games, 25-13, 25-12, 25-12.

Vista has one league match remaining at  Rio Americano on Thursday.

“I’m disappointed in the losses to El Camino and Christian Brothers because we weren’t always committed to and executing adjustments in those matches,” Faz said. “The other teams are more seasoned than us. We’re right there, though. We’re capable of putting it together, it’s a matter of coming together. We’re coming.”