The Dana Hills and Laguna Beach girls' volleyball teams provided a fitting end to the regular season and a sneak preview of the playoffs in a nonleague match Friday at Laguna Beach High.
Dana Hills won, 15-10, 7-15, 4-15, 15-8, 15-10, behind 17 kills from Michelle Chambers and 10 blocks from Jamie Fowler.
The two teams could meet again in the Southern Section playoffs, which begin next week. In Division I-AA, Dana Hills (18-3) is ranked No. 2 and Laguna Beach (19-2) is ranked No. 3.
The match was see-saw, with both teams taking turns playing brilliantly in stretches and dominating the other.
"That's competition," said Laguna Beach Coach Vickie Gentry, "You have two great teams.
After breaking out of a 10-10 tie to win the first game, Dana Hills struggled in the next two games.
"I think we might have played a little tight after we got the first game," Dana Hills Coach Dave Hollaway said. "We played safe in games two and three. I said, 'If we're going to go down, we're going to go down swinging.' "
Hollaway switched outside hitter April Schleede to middle blocker and moved middle blocker Jenny Wilson to the outside to start Game 4. It was a lineup the Dolphins had never even practiced, but it worked. The Dolphins rode the momentum of their victory in Game 4 into Game 5, taking a 14-5 lead.