WESTLAKE VILLAGE — One year later, Westlake High was still on the wrong end of a five-game loss to Santa Margarita.
For the second time in a year, Santa Margarita rallied for a victory against Westlake, this time a 6-15, 15-13, 5-15, 15-3, 16-14 thriller in the Southern California Division II finals Tuesday night at Westlake.
The Eagles play Mountain View St. Francis in the state final at 5 p.m. Saturday at Cypress College.
Santa Margarita, which led the fifth game, 10-1, found itself trailing, 14-11, after a furious rally by Westlake.
But the Eagles fought off three match points and, with Suzanne Sarkees serving, scored five consecutive points to end the match.
"It was a barnburner to the very end," Westlake Coach Chris Rundle said.
An intense rivalry has developed between the teams.
Westlake (35-4) lost a stunner to the Eagles in last year's Southern Section II-A championship, losing a 2-0 lead in games and falling in five.