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Vista handles Cosumnes Oaks in three games

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Facing winless Cosumnes Oaks in a Sierra Valley Conference duel on Wednesday, Vista del Lago’s varsity boys’ volleyball team felt they had they had the match in the bag. As it played out, the Eagles did have it in the bag, as they won easily in three games, 25-11, 25-9 and 25-20, as the team improved to 5-1 in the Sierra Valley Conference and 8-12 overall. Coming off the Brian Nolan Tournament over the weekend at Granite Bay High to facing Capital Christian Monday and now Cosumnes Oaks, it’s been a big swing in the level of competition. Vista lost all four matches at Granite Bay, facing some of the top teams in Northern California, in Clovis and St. Francis of Mountain View and decent local teams in Jesuit and Ponderosa. The Eagles played fairly well in defeat, but were playing tough teams. Capital Christian proved to be an easy opponent, as Vista rolled to a win in three straight games and they did the same against the Wolfpack. Vista got off to a bit of a slow start, leading only 7-5, but turned it on from there, outscoring Cosumnes Oaks 18-6. While the Eagles played solidly, many points came off the Wolfpack’s own errors. Vista tried to work the middle offensively, as Hunter Ales and Kasey Nguyen worked together to earn a few points. Griffin Galvin and Sam Mills did much of the damage from the outside. In game two Vista only needed six servers to get the job done, starting with Galvin, who served for the first seven points of the game. After winning two of the next six points, two on serves by Mitch May, Vista rattled off five straight points off serves from Sam Mills to take a 16-4 lead. Jorge Rodriguez earned two points on his serves, while Patrick Reinking served for three points and Hunter Ales finished the service run. Vista coach Wayne Campbell mixed his lineup up in the third game to get some additional players some court time, which resorted in a closer game. The outcome, however, was never in doubt. Vista trailed 8-7 and the last time the Wolfpack had the lead was an 8-8 tie. Cosumnes Oaks got as close as 17-15 and 19-17, but Vista pulled away for the win. “We did OK,” Campbell said. “We kept the ball in play and got everybody in the game. We wanted to work our middle more and I felt we did that.” Despite the team’s losing 8-12 record, Galvin is pleased with the way the season is progressing. “We’ve got a lot of new people this year, but we’re all good friends and we’re meshing well,” Galvin said. “We learning where we’re supposed to be and what we’re supposed to do, just getting the hang of it.” The Eagles play Antelope on Friday, a team they defeated in the section semis a year ago. They also have rematches with Ponderosa (April 10), Union Mine (April 18) and Jesuit (April 24) that they’re looking forward to. “The match with Antelope will give us a good measuring stick as to where we are,” Campbell said. “We lost to Ponderosa and Jesuit at the Granite Bay Tournament so we will get another shot with them and, of course, Union Mine will be a big league match.” Galvin feels his team has the ability to avenge the loss in four games to the Diamondbacks. “We had one of our key guys, Hunter, missing and Mitch was also out for that match,” Galvin said. “If we’re healthy next time I think we can take care of them for sure.” Though the team has struggled somewhat, Galvin also feels a run at a second straight section title isn’t out of reach either. “It might be more of a challenge this year, but I think if we work hard we can make it for sure,” Galvin said.