Breakers Stun Mira Costa
Laguna Beach pulled a stunning upset Monday, Oct. 24, at Dugger Gym, defeating Mira Costa 27-25, 19-25, 25-19, 25-17.
The perennial ranked Mustangs were No. 6 this week in the SSCIF D-IAA poll for the top playoff division while Laguna remained at No. 3 for division IA.
The first set could have gone either way as each team had leads of three points before the other caught up. The second set was all Costa and the margin could have been much worse if the Mustangs had not missed six serves. The pivotal third set was Laguna’s wire-to-wire as the Breakers took the lead behind Marina Paul’s strong serving with four aces.
Laguna’s defense was key as the squad recorded 19 digs in the set win. The momentum carried into the final set as the Breakers never trailed with another 19-dig team performance with freshman Alyse Wallace-Ford pounding out seven kills, two aces and six digs. Down the stretch in the final two sets, Avery Bush contributed with great serve receive passing, Allison Palmer dished out 22 assists and both Wallace-Ford and Paul were key on the defense keeping the ball in play.
Overall, Wallace-Ford had 26 kills, 4 aces, 13 digs. Sevena Dvorak had 10 digs and 10 assists, Caroline Holte had 13 kills on 15 attempts, Allison Palmer had 13 digs and 37 assists, and Marina Paul added 10 kills, six aces, and 15 digs. Mustangs still lead the series 12-4.
Breakers clinched their seventh straight league title and the program’s 33rd in the past 40-seasons with a 25-16, 25-8, 25-11 win over Costa Mesa on Tuesday at the loser’s gym.
Laguna (19-6, 9-0) closed out their league campaign yesterday with Saddleback (2-6, 10-10). Breakers are off until next Thursday when Laguna will travel to Huntington Beach for a special regular season finale as the second-ranked SSCIF D-IAA Edison Chargers will host Laguna in a varsity only match at 6 p.m. at Mohs Gym. All other Southern Section schools will conclude their seasons on Wednesday, Nov. 2 with section playoffs beginning on Nov. 8.
Breakers concluded their league play with a second place finish last week in Orange Coast League play.
Four Breaker golfers finished in the top 10 for honors in the league individual championship with Taylor Weiss and Nicoline Morck earning first team league honors with Vivian Mendoza and Isabelle Dwight earning second team honora.
Laguna (10-7, 8-0) continued to cruise through the league sweeping Calvary Chapel (9-10, 7-2) on Oct. 18 and Godinez (7-7, 3-5) on Oct. 20. At the Dana Hills Coastal Championships last Friday and Saturday, Laguna lost to Menlo School 6-2, tied 4-4 with Providence Day (North Carolina), but lost in games. The following day they tied Dana Hills (the Dolphin varsity players minus their top seven) 4-4, and then lost to La Jolla Country Day 5-3. Tennis tournament matches are abbreviated play and do not count in the regular season record.
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Breakers (17-5) traveled to Atherton last weekend finishing fifth in the North-South Challenge featuring schools from a number of CIF sections. Breakers defeated host Sacred Heart Prep 9-8, lost to Miramonte (Orinda) 12-9, defeated Los Alamitos 8-7 and Loyola 12-8. Mater Dei won the title defeating El Toro. Breakers finish the regular season next week with a match at Aliso Niguel on November 2 and Agoura on November 4 at Costa Mesa’s pool.
Playoffs begin in two weeks.