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Vista volleyball team takes its place among premier teams

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Vista del Lago’s volleyball team is proving it’s the class of the Sierra Valley Conference, as their 5-0 record shows.

The Eagles, 11-6 overall, have played 16 league games and won 15 of them with Union Mine the only team able to win a game.

“Our league is weak and we should be able to win it,” Vista coach Wayne Campbell said. “We’ve lost five non-league matches to good teams, but we’ve struggled to put our full team on the floor. All the matches we’ve lost, we haven’t had our full team and we would have had a good chance to win all five of those if we did.”

The true test of how good the Eagles are came over the weekend, when the Eagles played in Granite Bay’s tournament. The Eagles had their full compliment of players and they passed the test with flying colors. Vista won four of their five matches; beating host Granite Bay in three games, before defeating St. Ignatius, Clovis East and Del Oro in two straight to reach the semifinals, where they lost to Clovis in three games.

“We played awesome; out of our minds,” Campbell said. “It was pretty impressive. We came out focused and with high energy and played to our potential. I couldn’t be more proud of the team.”

Griffin Galvin was named to the All-Tournament team, but Campbell was hoping to have more than one player make it.

“Griffin made all-tournament, but Daniel Deloney played great,” Campbell said. “Our setters, Connor (Tevenan) and Hunter (Ales) played well and our middles stepped up. Patrick Reinking, as a sophomore, came through.”

The only complaint Campbell had with his team was their poor service game.

Following Tuesday’s match on the road at Cosumnes Oaks, the final league team that Eagles have yet to play, Vista gets another chance to strut their stuff when they travel to San Jose to play in the Bellarmine Tournament. After the tournament, the team will travel to Stanford to watch the Cardinal face off against BYU, the top-ranked collegiate volleyball team in the nation.