SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Outside of the gym, Coach Dan Thomassen gathered his Sage Hill School girls' volleyball team. A huge banner at St. Margaret's hung in front of the Sage girls with the words: "SENIORS, THE CLASS THAT ENDS IT ALL."
For three Sage Hill seniors, Tuesday night marked the end of a long losing streak at St. Margaret's.
Thomassen said Zoe Kreitenberg, Natasha Sakraney and Alayna Lewis dreamed of winning at St. Margaret's. The trio pulled it off in their final year with the Lightning.
Sage Hill, ranked No. 4 in the CIF Southern Section Division IV-AA poll, upset the top-ranked Tartans, 25-16, 19-25, 25-20, 25-17. The victory moves the Lightning into a first-place tie at 5-1 with defending league champion St. Margaret's.
Four league matches remain before the league title is decided.
"This one was even bigger than a league title for us," Thomassen said. "Our seniors had never won here. We hadn't beaten them since their freshmen year at our place. It's a rivalry, but … they've had the better of us the last few years. Plus, they're CIF defending champions."