Vista volleyball team warms up at Davis Tournament

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Wayne Campbell loves the Davis Tournament. For the second straight season, Vista del Lago’s varsity boys’ volleyball team has struggled a bit early in the season, but has righted the ship at the Davis Tournament. Entering the tournament, the Eagles had yet to win a match, losing to Whitney, Oak Ridge, Roseville and Del Oro, and winning only one game in the process. Last weekend at the Davis, though, the Eagles won three of four matches to improve to 3-5 on the season. Vista won their pool with three straight wins over McClatchy, Redwood and Monte Vista before being eliminated in the quarterfinals by Lowell. “We played a lot better than we did in our first game,” Campbell said. “Last year we sort of turned it around at Davis, and we hopefully we’re able to do the same thing this year.” Like last year, the Eagles have a tough non-league schedule and that’s resulted in a less-than-stellar record early in the season. However, last year that tough competition helped the team in the long run, as they went undefeated in league play on their way to a Division II section championship. The team is learning how to play without the three seniors gone from last year’s team: Connor Boone and Tristan and Dustin Lamy. This year’s team is led by junior Griffin Galvan, as well as senior Sam Mills, junior Connor Tevenan and first-year junior setter Hunter Ales. Patrick Reinking and Mitch May are out having completed the basketball season and Austin Zurbuchen, Jorge Rodriguez, Kasey Nguyen and Michael Manlick make up the rest of the roster. “I expect to be a solid contender for the league title,” Campbell said. “If we progress, there’s definitely the possibility of us doing well in the playoffs.”