Thursday May 10 2012
Vista comes back to win fourth game, match against Antelope
By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
Leading Antelope two games to one, Vista del Lago?s varsity boys? volleyball team had one thing in mind Thursday night in their opening playoff match: finish the match off in four games. Try as they might, the Eagles struggled for the first three-quarters of the fourth game, trailing 18-11 and it looked like a fifth game was inevitable. The defending Division II volleyball champs; however, calm, cool and collectedly, came roaring back to win the game 25-23 and the match three games to one. ?I told the guys if we could just get to within three points, they would start feeling the pressure,? Vista coach Wayne Campbell said. ?Then once Griffin got in there (serving), he got on a roll and they started shanking it. We got a block and they tightened up and he won the game.? Sam Mills, co-MVP of the league along with teammate Griffin Galvin, sealed the win when Antelope couldn?t fully block his kill attempt. ?We knew we didn?t want to go to five games,? Mills said. ?We buckled down, took our time and got the job done. We struggled with our passing early in the game, but then we started getting them up to the net so we could set all of our options and get good kills and they didn?t know who to block.? Connor Tevenan, who played a kill role with several big kills, added, ?We just kept our serves in and played good defense. We got on a roll and just got some energy going.? Antelope led the final game 22-17, only three points from victory, when the Eagles made their final push for the win, starting with a kill from Galvin. Mills followed with another and Galvin followed with an ace to make it 22-20. Tevenan got into the action with another kill and Antelope lost a point for being under the net and game was tied. Tevenan scored another big kill and Antelope couldn?t block Mills? next hit and the Eagles were a point away from victory. Mills was called for two hits, but redeemed himself with the game?s final kill and a Vista victory, 25-13, 21-25, 25-21 and 25-23. Vista plays another home game Tuesday against Bear River with the winner advancing to the Division II finals. ?I think we?ve got a good chance,? Tevenan said. ?We?re a tough team and we just have to carry this momentum into the next match.? Mills added, ?If we play a little better than we did tonight, I think we can move into the finals.?