The Desert Vista girls volleyball team opened the year with 15 straight wins, but couldn’t run it to 16 as the Thunder lost in the finals of the Westwood Tournament of Champions on Saturday.

The Thunder lost 25-22, 25-13 to Hamilton in the championship game after beating the Huskies earlier in the day.

“We didn’t play the way we did earlier today when we beat them,” Desert Vista coach Molly West told AIA365. “I’m not disappointed with our play. We’ve played very well so far. We need to be ready for big matches and get big-match experience. That’s what this was.”

Mountain Pointe went 5-1 in pool play to make it to the 12-team gold bracket, but were unable to keep the momentum going later in the day and finished 6-2 overall.

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