Vista volleyball team defeats Bear River, looks to repeat as section champs

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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The Vista del Lago boys? volleyball team will defend its Division II Sac Joaquin Section title on Thursday thanks to a three-game sweep over the Bear River Bruins on Tuesday night, 25-17, 25-19 and 25-21. The resilient Eagle squad overcame early deficits in all three games and won each game in convincing fashion. It was the second consecutive year that Vista has eliminated Bear River from the postseason and the second straight year that they will play for the section crown under coach Wayne Campbell. ?It feels good to come back,? he said. ?We basically just said to get our serves in and keep the ball in play and we should be OK. I don?t know why we started each game the way we did but fortunately they slowed down and we picked it up in the end.? In the third game, Bear River owned a one-point lead before Griffin Galvin tied the game at 20-apiece with a kill. Vista mounted two more points before Jed Lyon set Nathan Mansuetti for a Bruin sideout, making it 22-21. Galvin then took Hunter Ales? game-high 30th assist for an Eagle sideout and Vista never looked back. Ales finished the match with an ace that sent Vista into the section finals. ?(Vista) represents every year. I was proud that we battled with them,? said Bear River coach Lance Mansuetti. ?I was a little disappointed that our ball control could have been better but I was proud of our effort. The game of volleyball is very mental and when the game is on the line; that?s when the mature and mentally strong teams win. You can play strong all the way up to 20, but if you don?t finish strong then it doesn?t do you any good? Game one began with Bear River holding a 6-1 lead before Vista fought back to take a 9-7 lead. The game went back-and-forth until Connor Tevenan had a pair of kills and an ace during a six-point run that gave the Eagles a 21-13 cushion. With Vista leading by one midway through the second set, a pinball-type rally, with multiple players from each team diving on the floor to save loose balls, ended with the Eagles? 6-foot-10 senior Sam Mills putting the point away and swinging momentum in Vista?s direction, 18-16. Galvin took two of the final three points in the game with sets from Ales. Galvin led the way with 14 kills while Mills added 10 and three blocks for the Eagles. Tevenan had 22 digs and a pair of aces to go along with his six kills. Richard Young led Bear River with nine kills while Mansuetti had eight. Vista (20-13) will play the winner of Tuesday night?s Whitney for Thursday?s section championship. The Eagles lost the season opener to Whitney in three. The final is slated at Monterey Trail High School in Elk Grove at 5:30 p.m. ?Whitney beat us in three straight in our first match of the year,? Campbell said. ?They?re competitive and have had a great year. I think we?re a little bit better than from the first match of the year.?