In a match in which you would expect both teams to leave it all on the line, host and fourth-seeded Dos Pueblos was able to sneak past No. 5-seed Laguna Beach, 25-18, 25-27, 26-24, 26-24, last Friday in the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs at Goleta.
At stake for both teams was a berth in the semifinals which were played Wednesday.
Friday's quarterfinal round match was as intense as the final scores indicate.
"What you like to be able to do is put yourself in position to win, and we were in a position to win this match," Laguna Coach Lance Stewart said. "There was never a turning point in this match. It was just two teams going toe-to-toe.
"We did a great job of battling all the way in a hostile environment."
After splitting the first two games, Laguna took a 21-20 lead on a kill by senior outside hitter Blair Bigelow. On the play, however, Bigelow came down hard and injured his knee. The injury forced Bigelow, who just recorded his 12th kill on the go-ahead point, to leave the game.