Breakers Open CIF with Win
Girls Volleyball (20-9, 10-0)
Laguna rallied to edge Claremont (14-13) in a wild match on Tuesday at Dugger Gym in the first round of the SSCIF D-1A playoffs 21-25, 26-24, 25-19, 25-23. The # 2 seeded Breakers never found a hitting rhythm against the scrappy Wolfpack from the Sierra League. The first set was tied multiple times before Claremont pulled away from 19-19 to win. Breakers took an early lead in the second set before having to hang on for the set win. In the third set, strong play from Danielle Quirarte and Sage Patchell helped Laguna cruise to the win. In the fourth set, strong passing from Samantha Kruger coupled with tough blocking by Aspen Rocha, Kelsey Paul, Quirate, and Patchell helped seal the win after the Breakers gave up a big lead to make the fans nervous at the end. Overall, top honors went to Sabrina Stillwell with 13 kills, two aces and 11 digs, while Cameron Dorn added 14 kills and six assists. Patchell with 13 kills, two block assists, and 18 digs, Aspen Rocha had six kills, two aces, 15 digs and 37 assists.
Breakers played their second round yesterday (Thursday) at San Juan Hills, Sea View Leagues # 2 team this season. Should Laguna prevail, Saturday would be Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks or Villa Park with semi’s looking like a show down with Harvard Westlake or Chino Hills. Every round will be difficult as this year’s bracket is very balanced. Defending section champion is La Salle.
FINAL SSCIF D-IA Poll for Nov 9: 1 – La Salle, 2 – Laguna Beach, 3 Harvard-Westlake, -4 – Flintridge Sacred Heart, 5 – El Dorado, 6 – Chino Hills, 7 – St Lucy’s, 8 – Villa Park, 9 – Aliso Niguel, 10 – Esperanza
SSCIF D-IA Playoff Information: Quarters, Saturday Nov 16 7PM, Semi’s Nov 19 7PM, Finals Sat Nov 23 5PM.
Girls Tennis (16-5, 10-0)
Breakers run ended on Monday with a 13-5 loss to Beverly Hills on the local courts in the D-II quarterfinals. Earlier Laguna defeated El Dorado 12-6 in the opening round and edged La Canada in the second round last Friday. No details
Boys Water Polo (16-11, 4-0)
Laguna Seeded 6th in D-II
Breakers opened play this past Wednesday in the SSCIF D-II playoffs. Qualifying for the 23rd consecutive year and the 30th time in the program’s 50 seasons of competition Laguna hosted Damien (15-12) for their first match. Breakers defeated the Spartans 13-7 on October 25 at the local pool and should the Breakers win, they would most likely face long-time nemesis Villa Park on Saturday, November 16. Breakers pulled off a 13-6 season opening win over those Spartans back in September.
FINAL SSCIF D-II Poll for Nov 4: 1 – Agoura, 2 – Murrieta Valley, 3 – Dos Pueblos, 4 – Villa Park, 5 – Foothill, 6 – Laguna Beach, 7 – San Marcos, 8 – Ventura, 9 – Vista Murrieta, 10 – Claremont.
SSCIF D-II Playoff Information: Quarterfinals: Saturday Nov 16, Semi’s (Nov 20) and Finals (Nov 23) at Woollett Center next to Irvine High School.
Stat leaders – Regular Season:
Goals: Cade Baldridge 54, Assists – Jack Dodson 36, Steals – Cade Baldridge 40.