Breakers finished their fifth season of competition ranked second in the state after losing to Mira Costa in the State Tournament finals last Saturday at Dockweiler Beach near El Segundo.
Breakers had already easily defeated the top San Diego team, La Costa Canyon, earlier this season and opened State taking on the top Northern California squad in Marin County’s Branson School. The Bulls arrived with a Laguna connection. Their coach, Dan Styles, was a legendary all-CIF and all-county player from the boys volleyball squad in the mid ‘90s.
Semifinals vs. Branson — 3-0 Win
1s: Lexi McKeown and Peri Brennan won 21-5, 21-8
2s: Piper Naess and Kylee Matheson won 21-11, 21-10
3s: Hallie Carballo and Cambria Hall won 21-6, 21-12
Finals vs. Mira Costa — 0-3 Loss
1s: Lexi McKeown and Peri Brennen lost 21-17, 22-24, 12-15
Breakers top pair lost their only match of the season as Mira Costa’s top pair took the upset after the other matches had already been decided.
2s: Piper Naess and Kylee Matheson lost 13-21, 16-21
3s: Hallie Carballo and Cambria Hall lost 15-21, 17-21
Breakers pair rallied in the second set to tie at 14 but could not get the breaks to pull off the upset.
Lexi is the only graduating player as she moves on to NCAA power Florida State next season.