This past weekend at the Dana Hills Coastal Championships, Laguna players won over Northwood, Rancho Bernardo, and Palos Verdes, but lost to Dana Hills and Troy.
The highlight was top player Taylor Nederlander going undefeated with wins over Cassidy Spearman, Courtney Pattagalan, Riley Morgan, Melinda Chu, and Allison Radde.
Breakers varsity (6-0 OCL, 8-4 overall) continue to roll through their Orange Coast league competition, taking Godinez 18-0 last Monday, Oct. 11; Saddleback 18-0 on Tuesday, Oct. 12; and Estancia 12-6, Thursday, Oct. 14.
Breakers were 13th again this season in the 17th annual California Challenge hosted by Torrey Pines in San Diego’s Del Mar. Pool play opened on Friday with Rancho Buena Vista shocking Laguna with a 25-16 opening win but Laguna rallied to 25-18, 15-10 in the next two sets to win the match. Mackenzie Hester led all players with eight kills. Laguna then swept Long Beach Wilson 25-15, 25-13 before dropping a close match to Mira Costa, 21-25, 25-10, 8-15. The 25-10 set win was the first over the Mustangs since 1998 and was a team effort with Chanel Stewart and Marina Paul pounding out the kills for the victory.
In a very late night game, Breakers dropped a 25-23, 25-20 match to nationally ranked and defending state champ La Jolla County Day to finish third in the five-team pool. On Saturday, Laguna lost a tough match to Cathedral Catholic 25-21, 22-25, 23-25 at Torrey Pines. Breakers led 23-20 in the deciding set but could not close it out. Later that day, the Breaker bench took care of Murrieta Valley as Rachael Killian and Sevana Dvorak guided Laguna to a 25-15, 25-23 win. Marissa Greenough led Laguna with nine kills while Avery Bush recorded three service aces.
In league play, Breakers all but wrapped up their 32nd league title in 39 seasons of CIF sponsored girls volleyball with a 25-23, 25-20, 25-15 victory at Calvary Chapel this past Monday. The pesky Eagles led 23-17 in the first set, using great defense to lead Laguna. Marina Paul’s tough serving with three aces rallied the Breakers past Calvary, silencing the usual vocal crowd that is present at all Calvary home games. After that scare, the varsity (13-7, 5-0) had no trouble escaping. Last week Laguna crushed Godinez 25-9, 25-7, 25-13 and Costa Mesa 25-12, 25-12, 25-13 with the full squad participating in each set.
Boys Water Polo
Breakers opened last week defeating Godinez 25-5 on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the local pool with Tyler Mancuso and Nolan McConnell scoring five goals each. Spenser Dodson had four and Camron Hauer added three more for the Breakers.
The following day, Laguna traveled to Palos Verdes and Dodson’s score in the closing moments of the game pulled out a 9-8 Breaker victory in the non-league match-up. McConnel led all scorers with four goals while goalie Erik Henrikson recorded 13 saves.
On Friday, a tired Breaker squad dropped a match to host Newport Harbor 10-1 with McConnell earning the only Laguna score late in the contest.
Breakers (14-5 overall, 3-0 OCL) faced Costa Mesa this week and another big non-league division match at Damien in La Verne today, Friday, Oct. 22.