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Eagles fall to Rio in four games; open Division II playoffs with Nevada Union

By: Matt Long of the Telegraph
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Vista del Lago’s varsity girls’ volleyball team struggled to a 4-6 finish in the ultra competitive Capital Athletic League.

Christian Brothers, the defending Division III section champion, earned the No. 3 seed in the Division III playoffs, while Rio Americano is the fifth seed, and El Camino, the seventh. All three teams beat Vista twice during league play. The Eagles qualified for postseason play as well, but earned the 15th seed in the Division II bracket. They open the playoffs on the road at second-seeded Nevada Union on Tuesday.

“Last season, Rio Americano placed fourth in our league and all four teams from our league won their first-round playoff game, so that shows you how strong our league is,” Vista coach Dave Faz said. “If we bring the intensity that we had against Rio Americano, we can win in the playoffs.”

Faz said that prior to knowing his team would be the Division II bracket and not Division III. The test Tuesday against Nevada Union will be a strong one. The Miners placed third in the Sierra Foothill League with an 8-4 record, including a win over Oak Ridge, the No. 2 seed in the Division I bracket.

The Eagles ended the regular season Thursday with a road loss to Rio Americano in four games, 25-23, 21-25, 27-25, 25-23. The Eagles more than held their own against the Raiders, but as has been a common theme this season, couldn’t pull out games in crunch time.

“It comes down to the little runs,” Faz said. “When the matches are close like that, it’s the nit picky things that make the difference. Rio is ranked higher than us, but I felt we brought it to them.”