Vista's volleyball season comes to an end

By: Matt Long of the Telegraph
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Vista del Lago’s varsity girls’ volleyball team didn’t end the season with a very good record.

The Eagles won seven matches and lost 13, but the Eagles still qualified for the playoffs for the ninth straight season and saw a lot of good things happen this season.

The Eagles were a young team led by only two seniors, Mikayla Newsome-Rouse and Lindsey Sampson. Their leadership was immeasurable, as they led a young group that included three sophomores playing prominent roles. With such a young team, inconsistency was a problem all year. The team played well at times, and not so well at other times. Only twice all year did they manage to win consecutive matches, and those times came during league play when they faced Casa Roble and Mira Loma in back-to-back matches.

Vista often found themselves in winnable games and matches, but their youth and inexperience oftentimes cost them wins, as more often than not the older, more experienced teams earned the win over the Eagles.

The Eagles’ season came to an end Tuesday in the first round of the Division II playoffs, when they lost to Nevada Union in three straight games, 25-13, 25-21, 25-14.

“The match was a true reflection of our season,” Vista coach Dave Faz said. “As our season has been, this match was very up, very down and a lot middle play from the girls. I knew this would be a tough match playing up in Division II. We had issues with Nevada Union’s great defense and offensive speed, and we struggled with our ball control and with our block.

“The scores didn’t show it, but as the season came to a close, the girls’ energy grew and their support for their teammates grew. We had great performances from our seniors, Lindsey Sampson and Mikayla Newsome-Rouse, and sophomore outside Katy Kasparian.”

In the end, it was a rebuilding season for the Eagles, and the Vista has some great building blocks in which to build upon next season.

“We didn’t take time to enjoy what we had this year, but it was exciting to see my girls in every match,” Faz said. “All the minutes and moments the team went through are learning tools, and with 10 returners and a great group of junior varsity girls, I expect big things next year.”