Westlake claims 5-set win over Lone Peak – Deseret News

Lone Peak entered the game ranked first in Region 3, having lost just one region game so far in Utah's inaugural boys volleyball season.

Westlake finished tied for second place with Pleasant Grove, the only team to previously defeat the Knights.

Westlake head coach Whitney Randall knew this game would be tough for her team, but urged them to stay focused and control what they can control.

She said: “We have to understand that with such a good team they won't give us anything. So we have to minimize our mistakes.”

Westlake did just that, taking the first set win by hitting four aces – two for freshman Rigden Hansen, who ended up with three, and two for sophomore standout Kilika Tafa.

Things continued to go well for the Thunder in the second set as they took an early lead of 10-5. But Lone Peak wasn't easily defeated and stormed back to take the lead late in the set.

A big block from Tafa, who came into the game averaging 1.7 per game, tied the game at 24. A scoring error from Lone Peak then gave Westlake match point and an ace from setter Keagan Cundiff sealed the deal, giving Westlake a 2-0 lead.

Lone Peak once again didn't back down and dominated the third set to regain some momentum behind the aces of Freddy Dayton and team captain Easton Read.

The Knights' luck continued in the fourth set. They won 25-22 and tied the game after two sets.

Both teams knew the fifth set was going to be huge and Lone Peak seemed to have all the momentum on their side.

Coach Randall said: “We really pushed, especially in the fifth round, we really wanted to limit their service runs. And the second thing we really wanted to do is control the controllable elements. We can control the energy we bring in and we can control the adjustments we make.”

Westlake did just that as he led almost the entire set. The win was highlighted by massive kills from Tafa and Landon Doller, who is second on the team in kills.

It was an emotional win for Westlake.

Randall said: “They’re fun to play with. Many of our players know each other and have a good relationship with each other.” This camaraderie was evident on the field, the players were constantly chatting and an exciting energy filled the gym.

Westlake is looking forward to its final game of the regular season on Monday against American Fork, a team it defeated just two weeks ago.

Lone Peak will face Skyridge. It beat the Falcons 3-1 earlier this season.

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