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Vista volleyball handles Capital Christian in three games

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Vista del Lago’s volleyball team finds itself right in the thick of things after the first round of play in the Capital Athletic League.

With a sweep of Capital Christian Monday night, 25-19, 25-21, and 25-12, the Eagles finished the first round with a 4-2 record; losing in three games to Rio Americano (4-2) and in four games to league-leading Christian Brothers (6-0). El Camino, who Vista beat in five games the first time the teams played, is tied with the Eagles and Raiders for second place with a 4-2 record. Vista plays host to El Camino on Wednesday in a big match before traveling to Del Campo (1-5) on Monday.

“We played well against Christian Brothers and that’s a starting point for us moving forward,” Vista coach Dave Faz said. “We built on that game with how we played tonight against Capital Christian. If we play well, we can compete with Rio Americano and Christian Brothers. Those are teams I feel we should be playing against in five-set matches. We should be right there with them, and I hope we can turn the tables on them the second time around in league.”

The Eagles got off to a bit of a slow start offensively Monday against Capital Christian, but played solid defense from start to finish in the convincing three-set victory. The Eagles found themselves in an 11-11 tie in game one before opening up a small cushion midway through the match, leading 17-13. Tough serving from Blair Lucas and Madeline Boerstra and opportunistic hitting by middle blocker Lauren Petersen led the team to victory.

The Eagles played a better game in game two, opening up a commanding 22-13 lead behind plenty of hitting from Isabella Hartline, Katy Kasparian and Boerstra. Other than having trouble closing out the game, it was a solid performance.

The third game was all Eagles, as Isabella Anderson joined the hitting party. Milan Calcagno was solid in the middle all night, and Erika Biggs and Blair Lucas handled the setting. The back row, however, was the most consistent part of the team, as libero Raina Parfenov led the way with Boerstra, Biggs, Hartline and Lucas all making solid passes.

“Our passing and ball control can be up and down, but it’s finally getting to where I want it to be,” Faz said. “Having Madeline and Isabella playing all the way around and being able to handle it both offensively and defensively has been really huge. I also thought we played with good energy tonight. We’re at a pivotal point of the season heading into the second round of league so it was good to get a win tonight.”