Eagles rally back for five-game win over Roseville

Syftestad comes up with game-clinching block in fifth game
By: Justin A. Lawson Journal Sports Writer
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LOOMIS – Errors had plagued the Del Oro High boys volleyball team through the first three matches of the Sierra Foothill League schedule. After a first game loss Thursday night to Roseville, in which the errors reared their heads again, the Eagles decided to put a stop to them. The Golden Eagles rallied back to snatch a 3-2 win (17-25, 25-19, 19-25, 25-22, 17-15) from the visiting Tigers and earn their first SFL win of the season. “It was good to come out and compete and especially to go five,” Del Oro coach Levi Oates said. “It was a good builder of confidence for us.” Clint Syftestad sealed the victory and stopped Roseville’s comeback attempt when he blocked a monstrous spike from Josh Frost to get the final point of the game. Syftestad, who had 15 kills and five blocks, beamed a little brighter after the match because he has known Frost since elementary school. “Me and him were back and forth all night so it was fun to get back on the block,” said Syftestad, a senior. “I was just focusing in on my press and hoping it would hit my hand and go right where it needed to go and it did. I was really thankful that happened because it put the game away.” The Eagles (1-3 SFL, 5-7) had struggled with serves lately with eight errors in their 3-0 loss to Granite Bay on Tuesday. They lowered that number to five against the Tigers with most of those coming early. Del Oro found itself in trouble early as it failed to communicate on several occasions in the first game as it let Roseville reel off 10 straight points, including seven times where the Eagles didn’t even get the ball back over the net. The duo of Syftestad and sophomore Kyle Setterlund helped to limit the attack of Frost, who leads the Tigers (1-3 SFL, 13-4) in kills on the season with 215. Both players are among the tallest on the team and provided a wall whenever Frost went up in the air. When the ball did get past the duo, Kevin Remme was there for digs throughout the night. The junior finished with a team-high 20 digs. Trevor Pistochini led the Eagles with 16 kills. The Eagles were tied for last place in the SFL with Woodcreek coming into Thursday. They can gain another spot in the standings April 17 when they travel to Woodcreek in a game that could put them alone in fourth place in the SFL standings and one position out of the playoffs. “Tonight we came together as a team and I think the rest of our season is going to look pretty good,” Syftestad said. “We know what we need to do to win in the future. We know what to focus on and what to fix.”