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Vista volleyball takes down Amador in four games

By: Matt Long
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Utilizing several weapons, Vista del Lago’s varsity girls’ volleyball team had more than enough fire power to defeat Amador Thursday night in a non-league match.

After a slow start which saw the Eagles lose the first game to a decent Amador squad, 25-21, Vista picked up its play and won the next three games convincingly to win the match, 25-13, 25-16, 25-16.

Vista came out slow and trailed by four, 14-10, midway through the first game. They never snapped out of it in the first game. The game was tied at 19, but Amador scored six of the next eight points to take the game.

“We’ve struggled with getting off to good starts this season,” Vista coach Dave Faz said. “We did that against Folsom and we did it again tonight. We’ve talked about it, but I’m not sure we’ve figured out the solution.”

Moving on to the second game seemed to work well enough. Trailing 2-1, the Eagles scored four straight points to take a 5-2 lead and never looked back. For most of the night, just like they did against the Bulldogs, Vista showed they had plenty of hitting options. Milan Calcagno handled things in the middle, while setter Erika Biggs routinely set Alexis Gonzalez, Katy Kasparian and Joy Kanarik on the outside. Those four hitters carried the load most of the night and like most opponents, Amador couldn’t match them offensively; nor could they figure out who to key on defensively.

Amador led Vista early in game three, 5-1, but a 17-4 run quickly ended that. Amador again led 11-9 in the fourth game, but Vista rattled off 16 of the next 21 points to take the match.

“We’re going to ride our young players and when you do that you’re going to have highs and lows,” Faz said. “They played well tonight. There were some big moments and they handled it. Once we calmed down, we took control. We had a lot of girls contribute and that’s the way it should be.”

Vista plays in the Harbor High Tournament on Saturday. Last year, it was the team’s performance in this tournament that gave them their wake-up call, according to Faz. He hopes for another strong performance this season.