Vista upends Union Mine in three games

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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With a convincing 3-0 win over Union Mine on Wednesday, Vista del Lago’s boys’ volleyball team is nearing a league title. The Eagles avenged an earlier loss to the Diamondbacks with a 25-14, 25-21, 25-23 victory at Union Mine, improving their record to 9-1 in the Sierra Valley Conference and 13-13 overall. Vista now leads Union Mine by two games with three league games remaining against Capital Christian, Cosumnes Oaks and Highlands, three teams at the bottom of the conference. “I try not to be too confident, but we’re sitting in pretty good shape in league,” Vista coach Wayne Campbell said. “There are two halves in the league and we’re done playing the teams in the top half. Either way we’re going to be in the playoffs, but it would be nice to finish off the regular season strong, get a high seed and take some momentum into the playoffs.” When the Diamondbacks defeated Vista in four games on March 19, the Eagles were without two key players, setter Hunter Ales and middle blocker Mitch May. They made all the difference this time, as Vista dominated early. The Eagles won the first game easily, 25-13 and held a big lead in the second game before Union Mine made it close at the end, only to lose, 25-21. “We played really well; one of our best matches of the season,” said Campbell, who missed the match but had girls’ coach Patrick Sanders coach the team. “Hunter had one of his best matches and Griffin (Gavlin) was awesome on offense and on defense. The big key I’m told was the play of freshman Patrick Reinking, who also had one of his best matches of the season. We set him more than normal and he had a significant numbers of kills and blocks.” Vista has three matches next week; home against West Campus and Jesuit on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, while traveling to Capital Christian on Wednesday.