Girls Sand Volleyball (6-0, 5-0)
Laguna defeated St Joseph’s/Lakewood 3-0 Thursday, April 26 at Main Beach:
1s, sophomores Peri Brennan and Cambria Hall won 21-8, 21-10; 2s, sophomores Soren Patchell and Piper Naess won 21-7, 21-16; 3s, sophomore Olivia Nitoglia and freshman Jackie Strawn won by forfeit (STJ brought 2 V pairs)
Breakers faced La Costa Canyon in a non-league match yesterday and begin the IVBL playoffs this weekend with the pairs tournament at Dockweiler Beach and the JV playoffs. Varsity playoffs begin next week. Last year Laguna finished tied for third overall and lost in the finals to Mira Costa in 2016.
The junior varsity squad of all freshmen remained undefeated with a pair of wins last week:
Laguna JV def. JSerra JV, 3-0
1s, Sophie Black and Amelie Sadler won 21-16, 21-9; 2s, Bella Mullin and Alessandra Nitoglia won 21-10, 21-12; 3s, Mikayla Smith and Harper Bunn won 21-11, 21-15
Laguna JV def. St. Joe’s JV, 3-0
1s, Bella Mullin and Alessandra Nitoglia won by forfeit (STJ brought 2 JV pairs); 2s, Amelie Sadler and Sophie Black won 2-0; 3s, Mikayla Smith and Shanti Nunn won 2-0
Boys Volleyball (15-8, 9-0)
Breakers finished tied for 13that the 48thannual Varsity Classic at Redondo Union High School. Unprecedented in the past 45 seasons, the Breakers had only three starters and a total of seven varsity players available for the event.
On Friday, the Breakers defeated Torrance (15-15) 25-22, 25-21 with 12 kills by Josh McManus and 11 by Sam Burgi leading the way. The squad then defeated Division 1 Laguna Hills 25-27, 31-29, 15-10.
In the third set, Sam Burgi tied the set record for a 15 point rally game with 10 kills (on 11 attempts) while setter George Knapp set the assist record with 12, breaking the old record of 11 set by his brother Clay in 2006. Knapp also tied a three-set tournament match record with 13 digs, matching Luke Morris in a 2004 tournament match against Corona del Mar. Geste Bianchi had 12 digs against the Hawks to rank just behind Knapp and Morris.
Breakers had little in the tank when they faced Westview (Poway) in the final Friday match, losing 25-17, 25-18.
On Saturday, the Breakers narrowly lost two matches in the Gold Division playoffs dropping a 20-25, 25-21, 13-15 contest to Division 2 second-ranked Peninsula and a 18-25, 25-19, 13-15 match to Cathedral Catholic of San Diego. Palisades defeated La Costa Canyon for the tournament title.
Last week Laguna captured their final Orange Coast League title with a 25-14, 25-21, 25-19 win at Saddleback on Thursday, April 26. Laguna now has won 32 league titles in the past 44 seasons and 12 straight crowns.