Lady Eagles remain unbeaten in SVC with sweep of Union Mine

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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The Vista del Lago volleyball team moved to 7-0 in the Sierra Valley Conference on Tuesday night by defeating Union Mine in three sets, 25-21, 25-16 and 25-9 at the Eagles’ Nest. The Lady Eagles looked sharp against the defending Division IV state champions as they improved with each set, holding the Lady Diamondbacks to fewer and fewer points as the match went on. “Volleyball is a game of momentum and hopefully that momentum is more on your side than their side,” said Eagles’ coach Patrick Sanders. “We still have stuff to work on. Union Mine is a good program. They’re the defending state champs and any time you can get a win against them, it’s a good thing.” Vista trailed only in the initial moments of the first set against the Lady D’Backs. The Lady Eagles had little trouble earning their points for the remainder of the way. In game one, they earned 18 of their 25 points, 17 in the second set and finished with 19 earned points in the third—good for 72 percent. Vista led 23-17 in the first set, when Union Mine made a run to bring themselves within two points at 23-21 before Vista regained the ball. Kelsey Sampson’s fifth kill of the set gave the Lady Eagles a one-game advantage. In game two, Vista jumped out to an 8-0 lead right away so the game was never too close. However, Union Mine did make an attempt to creep back into the game by going on a late 10-3 swing. The run gave Sanders the impression that his team could still be a little sharper. “There were times when we’re getting three or four points in a row and there were times when we’re giving up five or six,” he said. “If I thought we were a perfect team, then we would have nowhere to go. There’s always room for improvement.” Sampson added seven more kills to her game-high total of 21 in the third set, while Kendall Moore added five of her own to help the Lady Eagles finish off the sweep. Moore totaled 10 kills, Kara Campbell had nine and Kaitlin Hughes had 42 assists. With their fourth straight win, the Lady Eagles improve to 11-6 on the season and continue SVC play on Thursday with another home game against Cosumnes Oaks.