Breakers (1-3) suffered another tough loss 10-8 to Division 3 power Sage Hill last Friday on the Lightning’s home court, The Tennis Club of Newport Beach. Lauren Michaels swept her three singles matches winning 7-6, 7-5, 6-0 while No. 2 singles player Claire Jaeger won two of three, dropping a tough 7-6 match to Sage’s top player. Breakers were able to capture only two of the nine contested doubles matches. Laguna faced Edison on Tuesday and University on Thursday.
Breakers (0-2) dropped their second match of the season, a 25-20, 19-25, 26-28, 15-25 loss at Newport Harbor on Thursday, Sept. 15. Marina Paul’s seven kills and the blocking of Paul, Alexx Murphy, and Caroline Holte were key in the first set. Newport came back to dominate the second set but Laguna had numerous chances in set three, leading at one point 17-12. But a Sailor comeback scored seven straight points to take a 21-19 lead. Laguna battled tying the match at 25 and 26 before a pair of strong kills won the set for the Tars. Newport broke a 9-9 tie in the fourth set to seal the match win. Overall Alyse Wallace-Ford led Laguna with 16 kills, Marina Paul had 14, Caroline Holte, 10.
Breaker’s frosh-soph squad remained undefeated to start the season beating Newport 25-21, 26-24. The previous week they defeated Corona del Mar 16-25, 25-16, 15-12.
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Laguna (4-1) finished ninth in the inaugural Santa Barbara Invitational Tournament staged last weekend at Dos Pueblos High School. Breakers dropped their initial match to Vista 8-7 on Friday with Erik Henrickson recording 22 saves to prevent a blow out. Breakers stormed back in the nightcap, easily defeating Sacred Heart Prep of Atherton 13-8 with Nolan McConnell scoring five goals and Riley Thomas adding four. On Saturday, Laguna defeated Royal 11-5 before getting a late goal to defeat Santa Barbara for the consolation title 9-8. Riley Thomas led the Breakers with five goals with McConnell adding three scores and four assists. Mater Dei won the tournament. Breakers hosted Mira Costa last Tuesday and are in the 32-team South Coast Tournament this weekend. Laguna has a tough draw in this tournament playing in a pool that includes Mater Dei and Vista.
The varsity boys and girls traveled to Hawaii last week for the Iolani Invitational, where the boys finished a close second to Hawaii’s Leilehua High. The girls took fourth.
Competing against a field of 22 Hawaiian schools and seven from the mainland, senior Jeff White was edged at the finish by Leilehua Elliot Estrada and took second overall with a time of 16:15.3 to lead the Breakers.
White was followed by senior Tyler Nichols (17:09.7 10th), junior Jack Crawford (17:29.8 18th), senior Ryan Jones (17:32.4, 20th) and junior Mitchell Kimball (17:43, 23rd).
Leading the scoring five for the girls was senior Marissa Merchant (20:52.3, 19th). She was followed closely by freshmen Carlee Ressler (20:59.0, 20th) and Janie Crawford (21:06.1, 21st), and sophomores Eliza Romero (21:06.7, 23rd) and Kayla Baskevitch (21:32.0, 27th).