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Girls Volleyball: Breakers Advance to CIF Quarterfinal

Breakers against Louisville on Thursday.

Laguna girls volleyball defeated Mission League co-champs Louisville on Thursday, Nov. 8,  in Woodland Hills 25-15, 19-25, 25-20, 28-26. Breakers (18-6) advance to the quarterfinals this Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at Capistrano Valley High School where they will face the Sea View League champs.

Sophomore Alyse Ford led the Laguna with 31 kills while Sami Harting added a career high 10 kills. Sevana Dvorak dished out 56 assists in the victory.

Chino Hills invaded Dugger Gym this past Tuesday, Nov. 6, and nearly pulled off an upset of Laguna in the opening round of the Division IA Southern Section playoffs. Breakers have participated in 39 of the 41 years that CIF has sponsored the post-season event and have advanced to at-least quarterfinals 37 times.

Only in 1972 and 1987 has Laguna stumbled early.

Laguna started Tuesday’s match taking a solid lead at 17-11 in the first set before passing errors and a team let down allowed the Huskies to storm back and take the game 25-23. Laguna settled down and rolled through the next two sets 25-20, 25-21 before dropping the fourth set 25-17. The team never found their rhythm in that game.

Not since 2000 had Laguna even lost a set in the opening round and now found themselves in a game five scenario. The match was tight from the start with Laguna playing their best ball of the evening. Tied at seven, Laguna started to pull away with kills by Alyse Ford, solid passing, serving, and strong net play. The game point was a thunder solo block by Amanda Kimball that set off the home team celebration. Chino Hills (18-11) were a well-prepared squad that really pushed the home team. Breakers faced Louisville, co-champions with Harvard-Westlake, in the Mission League on Thursday. Breakers have not played the Royals since 1975 when they were a volleyball power, winning back-to-back titles.

If Laguna prevailed in the second round, quarterfinals are this Saturday and semi’s on Tuesday.

Statistics and schedules can be found on the Laguna girls volleyball page at www.maxpreps.com.

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