On Tuesday, Sept. 15, Laguna let another match get away losing at J Serra 25-21, 25-23, 26-28, 25-22. In set four, Breakers pulled to 21-22 after being down 19-11 but could go no further. Sage Patchell led all hitters with 12 kills and 14 digs. Aspen Rocha added seven kills, 24 assists and 25 digs while Kendyl Brennan added 20 digs, 11 assists, and three aces as the Libero. Katelyn Carballo had a great kill run in set two with nine kills on 12 attempts.
Breakers continue to stay competitive but struggle to seal the deal in very close matches. On Wednesday, Sept. 9 Laguna lost to Corona del Mar 25-19, 14-25, 25-16, 25-17. Breakers trailed in set four 18-17 and looked capable of sending the match to five sets before giving up the final seven points. Lexi McKeown led all Breakers with 10 kills and five blocks in the match. Taylor Cunningham dosed out 21 assists while Katelyn Carballo added 13 digs and Sage Patchell 11.
In the 37th annual Dave Mohs/Orange County tournament Breakers finished 18th in the 32-team Division I bracket.
On Friday, Sept. 11, Laguna lost at Huntington Beach 25-19, 25-20 and to Tesoro 25-19, 25-19. On Saturday, Sept. 12 and without UCLA bound Jamie Robbins, Laguna rallied to beat Canyon/Anaheim 20-25, 25-19, 15-12, smoked Peninsula 25-17, 25-11 and followed up by El Dorado 25-16, 25-14. The squad missed Robbins in their final match losing to Orange Lutheran 25-22, 25-20.
Sage Patchell was the top kill leader for the weekend with 35, followed by Cammie Dorn with 26 and Lexi McKown with 25. Kendyl Brennan did a great job at libero while Aspen Rocha, Taylor Cunningham and Chloe Edep shared the setting duties. Breakers enjoyed one of their best serving weekends with 33 aces and only 20 service errors and a 93% accuracy percentage. Top blockers were Aleya Post, Lucy Fontenot, Sage Patchell and Cameron Dorn.
Breakers are seeded 31 out of 64 national teams at the Durango Las Vegas tournament. Laguna will face Sacred Heart (Louisville, Ky.), host Green Valley and Liberty (Bakersfield) in Friday’s pool play.