Breakers Capture Ninth Straight Title
Girls Volleyball (17-9, 8-0)
Laguna clinched their ninth straight league title this past Tuesday, Oct. 29, with a 26-24, 25-18, 25-21 sweep of a well-coached Calvary Chapel/Santa Ana squad at Dugger Gym. The Eagles held a steady lead in the first set until Laguna tied the score at 10. The teams went back and forth until it appeared Calvary would pull the upset leading 24-20 but the Breakers rallied behind Aspen Rocha to score six straight points to close out the initial win. In the second set, Danielle Quirarte’s three aces and the blocking of Cameron Dorn, Kelsey Paul and Sabrina Stillwell was too much for the visitors.
Laguna somewhat struggled in the third set, finally pulling away down the stretch. Overall, Dorn earned top honors with 13 kills and six blocks. Stillwell added 10 kills and Quirarte was the top server with four service aces. Rocha dished out 22 assists and recorded 20 digs.
Laguna has now captured their 33rd title in the past 40 seasons and have an all-time league record of 365-40 (90.1%) for this period. 2014 will be Laguna’s 40th post-season appearance in the 42 years of CIF sponsored girls volleyball playoffs. Breakers have advanced to quarterfinals in 37 years, semifinals in 26, finals eleven times. Laguna has captured five section titles, last in 2007.
SSCIF D-IA Poll for Oct 28: 1 – La Salle, 2 – St Lucy’s, 3 – Laguna Beach, 4 – Aliso Niguel, 5 – Flintridge Sacred Heart, 6 – Foothill, 7 – Villa Park, 8 – Valencia/Valencia, 9 – Harvard-Westlake, 10 – El Dorado, Other: Westlake
SSCIF D-IA Playoff Information: Pairings post Saturday, Nov. 9 Noon. First Round is Tuesday, Nov 12, Second Round Thursday November 14, Quarters, Saturday Nov 16, Semi’s Nov 19, Finals Fri or Sat Nov 22-23.
Breaker Alumnae in the collegiate ranks:
Alexandra Palmer (SR) is the starting setter for # 12 Minnesota, Avery Bush (SO) is a DS for Loyola- Marymount, Alexandra Rieckhoff (SR) is starter for Brown while Rachele Killian (So) is seeing considerable play time. Caroline Holte (SO) is a starting middle for Harvard, Samantha Harting is a starting middle for D-II Pace University in New York. Marissa Greenough is pounding the ball for Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina.
Girls Tennis (14-4, 10-0)
League champion Breakers were participating in the league tournament this week with the finals yesterday, Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center. Details next week.
SSCIF D-II Poll for Oct 28: 1 – San Marino, 2 – Canyon/Anaheim, 3 – Laguna Beach, 4 – William S. Hart, 5 – Burbank, 6 – Arcadia, 7 – Troy, 8 – Sage Hill, 9 – St Margaret’s, 10 – Valencia, Yorba Linda, La Canada (tie).
SSCIF D-II Playoff Information: Pairings post 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11. First round matches Wednesday, Nov. 13. Second round on Friday, Nov. 8; quarter final on Monday, Nov. 11; semi final matches Wednesday, Nov. 13; and finals on Friday, Nov. 15, in Claremont.
Boys Water Polo (11-9, 3-0)
Laguna takes Damien
Breakers took care of the ninth-ranked Spartans Friday, Oct. 25, at the Laguna Community Pool with a 13-7 victory. Cade Baldridge and Aki Anderson each scored three goals with Trent Sadler and Jakob Colladay adding two each. Garret Hartley had eight saves in the cage as the Laguna goalie.
Laguna faced Godinez (13-10, 1-2) this past Wednesday, Oct. 30, and closeout the season with the Steve Pal Tournament this weekend, El Toro on Tuesday, Nov. 5, and the league showdown on Wednesday, Nov. 6, with Costa Mesa (17-6, 3-0) at the Laguna pool.
Scoring leaders: 41 – Cade Baldridge, 37 – Jack Dodson, 34 – Jakob Colladay, 27 – Aki Anderson
Steals: 31 – Dodson, Assists: 27 – Dodson
SSCIF D-II Poll for Oct 28: 1 – Agoura, 2 – Murrieta Valley, 3 – Dos Pueblos, 4 – Villa Park, 5 – Foothill, 6 – Laguna Beach, 7 – Ventura, 8 – San Marcos, 9 – Damien, 10 – Santa Barbara & Claremont, other: Vista Murrieta
SSCIF D-II Playoff Information: Pairings post 9AM on Sunday, November 10. First Round matches Wednesday, Nov 13. Quarterfinals: Saturday Nov 16, Semi’s (Nov 20) and Finals (Nov 23) at Woollett Center next to Irvine High School.
Girls Golf (13-4, 12-0)
The girls golf squad represented the Orange Coast League at the Southern Division team championships held this past Thursday, Oct. 31 at Costa Mesa Country Club – Mesa Linda course. Top three teams from each of the four very competitive SSCIF regional divisions advance.