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Riverbank Volleyball Rebounds For 2007-2008 Season
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There are numerous signs Riverbank's varsity volleyball team is going to see marked improvement this season.

First, they have a returning Trans-Valley League All-League Honorable Mention setter in Irene Castillo.

Additionally, the Lady Bruins also had a busy summer of practice and conditioning.

But the most significant sign of a pending resurgence in Riverbank volleyball?

"For the first time in four years, I had to make cuts," said Riverbank varsity volleyball coach Lisa Mila.

Riverbank will be attempting to rebound from last season, when they went 2-13 in the Trans-Valley League. Their overall record was 3-17 last year.

But for the first time in her four seasons of coaching at Riverbank, Mila believes she finally has the numbers to put a deep squad on the court.

Leading the Bruins this year will be their returning setter, Castillo.

"She is the most experienced player we have, and she does a great job in running the floor," said Mila.

While Riverbank has a full roster this year, Mila said one of the issues the team will be facing is a lack of experience in some of its players.

"We had a great summer, and they learned a lot, but some of them lack game experience," she said.

This lack of experience showed up in Riverbank's first match of the year, when they hosted Calaveras High School.

The Bruins had jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Calaveras came back and won the third game. "Losing the third game affected us mentally," Mila said, and the shift in momentum was apparent as Calaveras came back and won the next two games to take the match, 3-2.