Tied with Agoura High at one game each and playing the Chargers even in the third game, the Westlake girls’ volleyball team was thrilled with its position.
The Chargers, ranked fifth in Southern Southern Division I and accustomed to rolling over their competition, were disgusted.
“That wasn’t us playing out there,” Agoura setter Tammy Barrus said.
But the Chargers rallied to win the Marmonte League match, 15-6, 5-15, 17-15, 15-11, Tuesday night at Westlake (5-4, 2-1 in league play).
“I thought we played our best match of the year, by far,” Warrior Coach John Streltzoff said. “The third game was the turning point. I think whoever won that game would win the match.”
Agoura (8-1, 3-0) trailed, 9-5, but rallied to lead, 14-11. Westlake surged into a 15-15 tie, keyed by Kristin Lee’s three kills on Agoura game-point opportunities.
But Barrus blocked Shanon Sincock’s spike to put Agoura ahead, 16-15, and Diana Wiesbrock served an ace to clinch the game.
Charger outside hitter Jenny Pavley had 32 kills and also topped Agoura in emotional yells, frenetic high-fives and inspirational plays.
“If it wasn’t for Jenny Pavley, we would have lost the match,” Agoura Coach Chris Everson said. “When everybody else was dead, she was diving on her face for balls.”
Barrus, who had 37 assists, agreed.
"(Pavley’s) a very strong player,” Barrus said. “She’s someone to look to when things get down.”
Asked if Pavley is the top player in the league, Everson said, “Definitely. She and Tammy Barrus.”
Lee had 21 kills and Sincock added 12 for Westlake. Stephanie Salm had 36 assists.