GARDEN VALLEY — If anything, Thursday made it clear Vista del Lago is probably a lock to win the Sierra Valley volleyball title while Golden Sierra isn’t.
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The Grizzlies hosted the Eagles in a key matchup of league leaders. With its first-place status under direct challenge, Vista took care of business in turning back its hosts 25-12, 25-23, 25-18.
Golden Sierra’s loss was its second in league, both to the Eagles.
Vista controlled the first set behind the play of Daniel Deloney, Griffin Galvin, Connor Tevenan and Hunter Ales. Sensing it’s domination, particularly after a trio of Galvin aces had Grizzlies looking at one another, Eagle coach Larry Campbell pulled the foot off the accelerator.
That opening made the second set close as Matt Smith, Rocky Sacks, Brian Cann, Gracen Christiansen, Eric Tamzon, Brandon Susic and Co. came on for Golden Sierra.
Several athletic saves from Smith produced a 10-10 tie and Sacks’ block gave the Griz a late lead. But at 23s, two unforced errors saved it for Vista.
Golden Sierra stayed in the hunt for the final set but the Eagles held their lead after breaking a 2-2 tie.