Breakers split the season ending matches played on Monday in Costa Mesa. Breakers (5-7, 5-3) lost to Estancia (7-9, 7-1) 252-259 but defeated Costa Mesa 259-264 to finish second in the inaugural Orange Coast League match season. The league teams participated in the Golden West League from 2006-10.
The League individual finals were completed last Tuesday. Results next week.
Breakers (8-7, 6-0) defeated Saddleback 18-0 on Tuesday, Oct. 11, lost a non-league match at Capistrano Valley 10-8, and defeated Estancia 18-0 on the Eagle’s courts. Breakers hosted Calvary Chapel this past Tuesday and Godinez yesterday. League play concludes next week.
Laguna (15-6) continued to hold on to the No. 3 ranking in the Southern Section CIF D-IA poll after a tough finish in the 31-team California Challenge at Alliant University in San Diego last weekend. Breakers were shuffling their lineup with the absence of Caroline Holte (on the Homecoming Court) for Friday’s pool play. In addition, outside hitter, Alyse Wallace-Ford was less than 100% due to the flu. Breakers were caught off guard in their first match of the day losing to Patrick Henry 25-17, 25-23. Laguna recovered to defeat Dos Pueblos 22-25, 25-18, 15-13 and Orange Lutheran 25-27, 25-22, 15-10. Breakers ended up third on the tie-breaker as O Lu, Henry, and Laguna all finished with 3-1 records. Breakers left the gym at 11 p.m. Friday with an 8:30 match scheduled the next morning. Breakers defeated Westview/Poway 25-10, 25-22 in the morning match then took care of defending Sac-San Joaquin D-I CIF champion St Mary’s 25-13, 25-19. The day finally caught up to an exhausted Laguna squad as they fell to Bakersfield (which finished at 9 p.m. the previous evening) 25-22, 11-25, 12-15. The day concluded with a single game match with Santa Barbara where both teams used only reserves in the 25-17 Don win. Mater Dei was the surprise of the weekend as the Monarchs held off Corona del Mar for the title.
Breakers hosted Calvary Chapel this past Wednesday and Godinez today. This Monday, the Breakers will host long–time volleyball rival Mira Costa in a non-league match at Dugger Gym. The Mustangs, like Laguna, have had one of the most successful programs in high school volleyball with both teams looking evenly matched this season. Costa is ranked No. 6 in the CIF D-IAA poll and finished ninth at the California Challenge. Lower level play begins at 4 p.m. with varsity play starting just after 5.
Boys Water Polo
Nolan McConnell returned to the pool to lead Laguna (15-4) to a pair of victories to secure their top ranking in the Southern Section CIF D-III poll. This past Tuesday, McConnell’s four goals powered the Breakers to a 10-5 victory over second ranked Damien at the local pool. Riley Thomas added three goals while Samer Alkateb, Jack Dodson and Caleb Scott each added a score. Erik Henrikson had 14 saves and three steals in the cage.
Last Friday, Laguna smashed No. 6 division ranked Palos Verdes 21-9 behind McConnell’s eight goals and eight assists. Erik Henrikson had 15 saves in the win at the local pool. Also last week, Laguna defeated Godinez 22-2 and held off # 4 La Canada 14-11.