Eagle volleyball team wins first two league matches, then falls to RaidersBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
After a 1-5 start to the season, Vista del Lago’s varsity girls’ volleyball team won its first two Capital Athletic League games to get back on track.
The Eagles opened with a five-game win over El Camino on Labor Day, 20-25, 25-18, 22-25, 25-22 and 17-15. The team followed it up two days later with a three-game sweep of Del Campo, 25-9, 25-6 and 25-13.
“We definitely have been playing better,” Vista coach Dave Faz said. “Everything is not fixed, but Raina Parfenov has won the libero position and solidifying that position has improved our ball control. It’s not what it should be, but figuring out who the libero was going to be was a big one for us.”
The win over El Camino was big for the team, as the El Camino finished above the Eagles in the standings a year ago, beating them twice, 3-0.
“It wasn’t easy playing on Labor Day, and the El Camino has a Division I middle who’s awesome,” Faz said. “Our mistakes were few, and we did it with a lot of energy and work.”
Before she got hurt in the match, Faz said Maddie Blue played well in the back, along with McKenzie Corr and Natalie Gaffney, who both played key minutes replacing Blue after her injury. Faz said Madeline Boerstra was the team’s top hitter, including playing well in the final two games to put the team over the top.
Ball control will be the key to any success the Eagles have this season.
“When we have ball control, we can dominate,” Faz said.
Vista saw its brief win streak come to an end on Monday, as the Eagles fell to a strong Rio Americano team in three games, 25-22, 25-16 and, 25-18. The Eagles played without Isabella Anderson, which hurt, but on this night the Raiders were the stronger team anyway. Vista led the first game 21-19, but faltered late and was outscored 6-1 down the stretch. The Raiders carried the play the rest of the night, as their hitters regularly found the open spots on the floor for winners.
“A late change in the lineup caused us issues with our flow,” Faz said. “We had to start Madeline (Boerstra) at opposite and she had a fine game, but we weren’t as cohesive as we normally are. This is a team we should challenge in five games, but we were out of comfort zone tonight. We had some unforced errors, and they did a good job finding the open spots to put the ball.”
Vista (2-1 in league, 3-6 overall) plays host to Oakmont in a non-league game at 6 p.m. tonight. The team’s next league game is Sept. 17 at home against Christian Brothers, the defending Capital Athletic League champion.