Playing big on both sides of the net Claire Little leads the Broncos to 3-0 sweep of La Costa Canyon. Valley News/David Canales photo

The Vista Murrieta Lady Broncos opened their volleyball season with a home match against Carlsbad’s La Costa Canyon last week. Behind big plays from junior outside hitter Claire Little, the Lady Broncos (1-1) swept the Mavericks 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-11). The return to the court gives hope to the local area teams that a full season will get played amid a pandemic that keeps changing course.

Following their win over La Costa Canyon, Vista Murrieta lost in a turnaround match late last week in a home nonconference match against the Marymount Lady Sailors (Los Angeles) by a score of 3-1.

Vista Murrieta returns to the court after more than a year off to defeat La Costa Canyon 3-0 behind the hitting of Claire Little. Valley News/David Canales photo

The Sailors (3-0) will now prepare for this week’s challenge against La Costa Canyon. The Mavericks enter the non-league challenge with a 6-2 record. Next up for the Lady Broncos, they will encounter the Mira Costa Mustangs (Manhattan Beach) in a non-league challenge early this week. Vista Murrieta will attempt to move on its 1-1 season record. The Mustangs enter the challenge with a 2-3 record after their 3-2 non-league loss to Village Christian (Sun Valley).

The Lady Broncos will open league play on the road Tuesday, September 14, against the Chaparral Lady Pumas at 5:30 p.m.

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JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.