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Vista volleyball improves to 4-0 in league with sweep of Christian Brothers

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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It wasn’t their best performance, but Vista del Lago’s volleyball team got the job done Thursday against Christian Brothers.

The Eagles defeated the Falcons in three straight games, 25-16, 25-18, and 25-17, to improve to 4-0 in the Capital Athletic League where they sit alone at the top of the standings. El Camino, who the Eagles face on Tuesday on the road, was upset Thursday by Rio Americano in five games to fall to 3-1 in league play.

“It was one of our weaker showings,” Vista coach Jen Silva said, “especially considering how we played Tuesday (against Mira Loma). We started off strong and played strong against them and were just in sync. Today, everyone was off. I can’t think of one player who had a great game. The team agreed with me. They weren’t moving well; weren’t communicating. The silver lining is that we got it done in three games.”

It wasn’t all negative for the Eagles, who did a good job to finishing off the Falcons in three games. After relatively easily winning the first two games, the Eagles fell behind 12-5 in the third game. Vista, however, outscored the Falcons 20-5 the rest of the game to win by eight.

Even though it wasn’t an outstanding performance, the Eagles have plenty of offense and setter Blake Fanshier spread the ball around at will and finished with 38 assists. Pierce  Rexford led the way with 10 kills, while Noah Silva had nine and Dominic Baciocco and Kyle Herbers had eight each. Even Fanshier managed to get six himself. Jonathan Nyenhuis also had three kills.

Christian Brothers was able to hang with the Falcons for quite awhile in each game, but Vista did a great job of closing out the games. Vista led the first game 15-13 but finished on a 10-3 run. The Eagles led the second game 17-14, but ended on an 8-4 advantage before mounting the big comeback in the final game.

Now the focus turns to El Camino.

“We might normally take Friday off, but not after tonight,” Silva said. “We can’t afford to with El Camino coming up on Tuesday. We will have to be at our best against them. We tend to struggle against tough-serving teams, and they’ve got a couple kids who are good at serving. We’re going to have to run our typical offense, and also get some big blocks. Free passes will also be key.”