Let the good vibes roll.
The Tustin boys volleyball team, which has been a purveyor of positive vibes all season long, will continue its playoff run after a victory over Westminster, 26-24, 25-22, 25-20, on Thursday night in the CIF-SS Division 3 second round.
The third-seeded Tillers (24-4) used a dynamic performance by Carlos Perez to help them advance to the quarterfinals. They will play at Bishop Montgomery of Torrance on Saturday.
Westminster got to within 22-21, but Perez ended the threat with a couple of kills to give Tustin control of the game.
Lane praised her players for the concerted team effort they made to close out the match against Westminster.
“I think we can compete,” Lane said, “and I think we decided after that second game that we were going to finish it in three (games). So we made that decision and continued to push and push and push. I’m really proud of them for doing that.”
Perez, a senior outside hitter, finished with a game-high 22 kills while attacking at a .391 clip.
“He just puts the ball away, every single set that he gets he does the best with that set,” Coach Joanna Lane said of Perez. “He moves the ball inside, he moves it outside, he shoots it down the line, front row, back row, his defense, his serving – I mean he contributed in a major way.”
The Lions (21-10) proved to be fierce competitors who answered every Tustin run with a rally of their own.
After falling behind, 11-4, in the opening set, the Lions clawed their way back in front for a 22-21 lead after a Fetu Naiuli block. Henry Nguyen and Paul Cao also helped Westminster stay close, but Drew Donahoo’s presence at the net helped the Tillers secure the…