Oak Ridge needs five games to get by VistaBy: By Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
A non-conference rivalry game between two elite Sac-Joaquin Section boys’ volleyball teams went the distance.
Two-time defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division II champion Vista del Lago has been perennially dominated by Oak Ridge. In four seasons, the Trojans have won 21 of 22 sets played through seven games. They found Monday evening’s meeting a bit more taxing, but eventually winning in five sets, 3-2; 25-20, 17-25, 25-23, 19-25, 15-11.
“[Vista] was hitting better, running sets low and getting past our blocks. They were also digging really well, so they played really well,” said Oak Ridge sophomore captain and setter Sam Greenleaf.
He put in four kills and a few blocks, assisted and non-assisted, against some big-hitting Vista kill attempts.
Senior outsider hitter Griffin Galvin didn’t play the first set, but his hitting was visible and audible the rest of the way. Along with senior outsider hitter Daniel Deloney, a transfer to Vista this year, the duo combined for 32 kills. Deloney had 19.
“I wasn’t too sure what to expect. I expected to win, but we hung with them and it was a good game,” said Deloney. He was credited with two blocks, but a number went unaccounted for in rallies.
Connor Tevenan had 16 kills for the Eagles. Chase Barri had eight, Michael Montejano put down seven and Brock Middleton led the Trojans with nine kills.
Oak Ridge was missing star middle blocker, and senior captain, Storm VanSoldt with illness. Also missing were Miguel Maestras and Kellian Evans. Connor Peterson was also called up from JV. Libero Ben Kopania, who chipped in a few kills, filled in as a hitter.
Both teams head back to their respective leagues with 1-0 records to start. Both Greenleaf, who noted Jesuit and Ponderosa as tough opponents in the Delta River League, and Deloney, who’s an instant fit, said they expect to win their leagues.
Vista has a big match on Tuesday night, hosting Golden Sierra (3-0) at 6 p.m.
Oak Ridge plays at Sheldon (3-3) at 6 p.m. Wednesday.