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Foothill League boys volleyball: West Ranch’s spoiler alert

Having already clinched second place in league, Wildcats prevent Hart from possible playoff berth

Posted: May 2, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 2, 2012 1:55 a.m.

On paper, West Ranch boys volleyball had nothing to play for.

It had already clinched second place in the Foothill League and an automatic playoff berth.

The Wildcats were more than happy to play spoiler, knocking off Hart 3-2 on Tuesday at Hart High School by scores of 25-15, 25-27, 25-17, 21-25 and 15-13.

Hart needed a win to stay above .500 and remain eligible for an at-large bid into the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs.

A loss effectively ended Hart’s season.

“Coming from the last few years where people beat us on senior night, they never took it easy on us,” said West Ranch senior Tanner Williams, who finished with 20 digs. “We weren’t going to take it easy on them.”

There was plenty of drama along the way.

The Indians (13-14 overall, 4-6 Foothill League) had to rally to win the fourth game and force a fifth.

Then, Hart had to rally again after falling behind 14-10 in the final game.

With the match and the season on the line, the Indians fought back to make it 14-13, but Sammy Badalof unintentionally committed a serving violation when trying to redo an attempted jump serve.

Hart argued the call, but the ruling stood, which concluded a strong finish to the season for the Indians.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the guys,” said Hart head coach Kevin Ker. “If we looked at video from the beginning of the season to now, there would be a tremendous change.”

Jared Turner and Tanner Tengberg co-led Hart with 11 kills each and Jordan Schultz finished with five kills and four blocks.

For West Ranch (18-9, 7-3), Dalton Peck was the leading scorer with 16 kills, followed by 13 apiece from Tanner Skabelund and Ben Davis.

After losing handily in the first game, the Wildcats came back strong with tough serving that kept Hart out of system.

The Wildcats attacked from multiple spots with its strong cast of offensive weapons.

“We said (last week), everything we do, we’re preparing for playoffs,” said West Ranch head coach Nate Sparks.

West Ranch will find out its playoff matchup on Saturday.

Hart finished fourth place in league.



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