HUNTINGTON BEACH — Westlake Coach Chris Rundle cost her team game point with a delay-of-game penalty in the second game in the State Division II girls' volleyball semifinals Tuesday night at Huntington Beach High, but that was only part of the problem for the Warriors.
Westlake also could not overcome the experienced and varied attack of Huntington Beach, which won, 15-13, 15-9, 15-9.
In seven playoff matches, the Oilers (23-2) have dropped just one game--in the Southern Section Division II-AA final, when they defeated Santa Barbara.
"I thought our girls played great. I'm so proud of them," Rundle said. "This should be the [State] finals because Southern California is the power in volleyball."
Westlake (18-4), which lost in the Southern Section Division II-A final to Santa Margarita, accomplished one goal, surpassing Santa Margarita in the State tournament.