Vista volleyball team's season ends in first round of NorCalsBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
The season came to an end Nov. 20 for Vista del Lago’s varsity girls’ volleyball team, as well as an end to a great three-year run.
The Eagles lost to Valley Christian in the first round of the Northern California playoffs, 25-16, 25-21 and 25-22 and finished the season with a 24-13 record.
“I thought we played well,” Vista coach Patrick Sanders said. “They had a tall, athletic team that would be a tough match-up for any opponent. We were ahead late in the second and third games but couldn't quite finish. I was so proud of our girls, though, especially the way they competed until the end of the match. If we are still playing during the Thanksgiving week, we've done something right.
“I think it was quite a journey from the beginning of the season until the end, improving tremendously along the way,” Sanders continued. “ We were fortunate enough to play in the section final for the third year in a row. Much of that was due to the effort of our seniors.”
The loss brought an end to a mini-dynasty for the Eagles. After a 15-15 season in 2009, the Eagles won Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championships in 2010 and 2011 before losing to Oakmont in the title match this season.
The loss also brought an end of the high school careers to the team’s six seniors: Caroline Sipiora, Kelsey Sampson, Brittany Boerstra, Kendall Moore, Hallie Robertson and Jordan Cryderman.
“The seniors have had a significant impact on our program over the past four years,” Sanders said. “We will miss them dearly, but hope that the standard they set will make a lasting impression on our program.”