Breakers moved to 3-0 on the season with a 25-23, 25-18. 18-25, 25-14 defeat of Newport Harbor at the Sailor’s gym for Laguna Beach’s first victory at Newport in 19 seasons and only the second time in over 30 years.
Breakers were effective blockers and servers with 10 blocks for kills and 10 aces in the match. They controlled the first set with balance kills between Alyse Wallace Ford and Sabrina Stillwell while Wallace-Ford was also unstoppable in the second set.
Newport took advantage of Laguna in the third set with scoring eight straight points to defeat Laguna after the Breakers had taken an 18-17 lead. Breakers regrouped quickly for the fourth set taking a 4-0 opening lead off Danielle Quirarte’s three aces. Laguna soon extended the lead to 14-6 with blocking by Aspen Rocha and the usual Wallace-Ford kills to coast to the easy match victory.
Wallace-Ford had 23 kills, Stillwell chipped in eight kills and Cammie Dorn added four. Rocha recorded two aces, one solo block, three block assists, seven digs and 16 assists. Francie Holte led on defense with 11 digs. Taylor Cunningham dished out 12 assists coming off the bench.
The Tars were ranked # 8 in Orange County and #10 in the SSCIF IAA poll.
This Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14, Laguna will be in the 34th annual Mohs/Orange County tournament hosted by Edison.
The event will feature 32 teams in the top division with Laguna hoping to improve on last year’s ninth place finish. Overall, Breakers have won four titles and made the finals 11 times in the 25 tournaments they have participated in.
Next Thursday, Laguna will host a very good Corona del Mar squad at Dugger Gym. The Sea Queens are coached by former Laguna assistant Steve Astor and feature one of the nation’s top players in former Laguna resident Hayley Hodson. On Sept. 20, Laguna will travel to Las Vegas for the 64-team Durango tournament. Breakers have not participated in this national tournament since 2002.
SSCIF Poll Week 2 – La Salle, 2 – El Dorado, 3 – Laguna Beach, 4 – Bishop Montgomery, 5 – Capistrano Valley, 6 – San Juan Hills, 7 – Thousand Oaks, 8 – St Lucy’s, 9 – Louisville, 10 – Canyon/Anaheim
Girls Tennis Underway
Coach Don Davis’s squad traveled to Mission Viejo last Thursday, Sept. 5 to take on the Diablos in the 2013 season opening match. The players endured temperatures that exceeded 100 degrees in a contest that lasted over four hours. After the first round of play, the Breakers came out on top winning four of the six sets.
Laguna easily took the match after the second round winning nine matches.
The squad elected four team captains for the season: seniors Brooke Michaels, Nicole Doiron, Sarah Nederlander and Stephanie Tat.
Laguna 12, Mission Viejo 6
Singles 6W 3L
#1 Singles – Kira Hamilton (4-6), (6-4)
#1 Singles – Anna Heitmann (7-6)
#2 Singles – Ashley Shelton (6-4), (6-0), (7-5)
#3 Singles – Bailey Jaeger (6-0), (1-6)
#3 Singles – Nina Bo (1-6)
Doubles 6W 3L
#1 Doubles – Brooke Michaels/Madeline Loomis (6-2), (6-0)
#1 Doubles – Madeline Loomis/Nicole Doiron (4-6)
#2 Doubles – Sarah Nederlander/Stephanie Tat (4-6), (6-0)
#2 Doubles – Shawna Yang/Olivia Morrison (3-6)
#3 Doubles – Natasha Keces/Ashley Fair (6-3), (6-4), (6-4)
Boys Water Polo
Boys are starting the season at # 7 in Orange County and open their season when they host Villa Park today, Friday September 13 at the local community pool. Next Tuesday the Breakers host Claremont at 4PM before traveling to Santa Barbara next weekend for the annual TOC. Laguna will face Santa Barbara on Thursday, September 19 at the Don’s pool for a no