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Eagles search for consistency on the court

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Vista del Lago has a talented volleyball team and is probably better than its 8-6 record. For the team’s record to improve, however, what the Eagles need to do is to play with more consistency. Earlier in the season, the Eagles played their best volleyball of the season in the first game against a very strong Rocklin team, winning the first game 25-18 before dropping three straight games, the closest being 25-17. In their 3-0 loss to St. Francis on Sept. 24, the Eagles started off well enough, leading early 10-6, but St. Francis rallied and once they had the lead, the match was over. “We play well at times and look god, but then at other times we’re not so good,” Vista del Lago coach Patrick Sanders said. “We had the lead against St. Francis and were outplaying them and doing what we needed to do, but once we got down it looked like we were intimidated and there were a bunch of deflated looks out there. I think we’re capable of playing with them, but we haven’t shown yet we can do that for a full match.” St. Francis took the first game 25-16 and then easily won the next two, 25-10 and 25-16. “Our lack of consistency has been our biggest problem without a doubt,” Sanders said. “Hopefully, we learn from this loss and the roller coaster ride we’ve been on this season gets to be more of a flat line than one with big peaks and valleys.” The Eagles rebounded to defeat El Dorado the following day, winning in three straight games, 25-20, 25-12 and 25-23. The win improved their league mark to 4-0 with games at Galt Thursday and at home against Union Mine on Tuesday. “We played well at times with good defense and some good swings at the ball,” Sanders said. “We made some good choices mentally. The outcome of the match was a win, but we’ve got a lot to improve on.”