Vista improving, but falls to Bruins in four games

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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The visiting Ponderosa Bruins snapped the Vista del Lago boys’ volleyball team’s four-game winning streak on Tuesday night. It was the second time in as many meeting the Bruins earned the advantage over Vista (6-1 Sierra Valley Conference, 10-13 overall). After going down two games, Sam Mills and Griffin Galvin led the Eagles’ in kills in the third game, forcing a fourth. Ponderosa put Vista away in the fourth game, finishing the match 25-20, 25-18, 23-25, 25-22. The first meeting was a 2-0 Ponderosa win in the Brian Nolan Varsity Invitational at the end of March. Vista had since won four straight. Mills led Vista with 11 kills, five of which came in the third game. He also had a handful of solo blocks. Among other Vista notables were Griffin, who had nine kills. Connor Tevenan had five kills and a pair of aces. Vista held leads in each of four games, but tended to lose hold around the 20th point. Collectively, they had eight service errors in four games, which the team said was pretty good according to their standards. “We kind of just had to find a way to get around their blockers and keep the ball in,” Mills said. “They were a little more ready to play than us from the start and we started off slow and then came on, so we need to work on that. We’re becoming a better team and we’ll do well against the top teams as we hopefully make it to playoffs.” Ponderosa (3-0 DRL, 11-5) was the next to last Division I team the Eagles will face this season. Jesuit (1-0, 7-7) is the last. Jesuit took a 2-1 win in the same tournament at Granite Bay two weeks ago. Coach Wayne Campbell said the match will help toward a strong league finish in the next seven games. “We’ll have to play well and hopefully a little bit more consistent against Union Mine, but either way I think we’ll make playoffs. It’s just a matter of if we can get on a hot streak and do some damage,” Campbell said. The Eagles are currently tied with Union Mine (6-1), which lost a 3-1 match to El Dorado (5-2). If Vista can win on the road against its next opponent, El Dorado, and take down Union Mine a week later, it will likely mean a high seed into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs in early May.