Sand Volleyball (9-1) South Coast Division Champions
Breakers stumbled in their final season match losing 2-1 to Saddleback Valley Christian, but still earned the league crown over the Warriors. The 28-team playoffs begin on Monday, May 9, with the sixth-seeded Breakers facing Pacifica Christian at 5 p.m. at the Huntington Beach courts. The winner will advance to the second round on May 19 in Santa Monica to face the winner of Redondo-Marina. (League web site: www.ibvl.org)
Boys Volleyball (16-6, 9-0) Orange Coast League Champions
Breakers Looking Sharp as playoffs Approach
Boy volleyball, playing with a full squad after six weeks of injuries and illnesses, rolled to a fifth place finish in the 46th annual Redondo Varsity Classic last Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30. Seeded ninth, Laguna easily defeated Rio Mesa 25-11, 25-11 before surprising host Redondo (Division 1, No. 9) Friday 20-25, 25-21, 15-10. In the third game against the host Sea Hawks, Breakers were down 12-11 in the deciding set, but scored the final four points to win the match. They did it on a cross-court kill by Pete Obradovich, two consecutive service aces by Isaac Wulff and capped the run on a classic block by sophomore opposite Sam Burgi.
Saturday, Breakers started by defeating La Costa Canyon 21-25, 25-16, 15-10. Against the Mustangs, Laguna was up 19-13 in the first set but let the Carlsbad squad back into the match getting out-scored 12-2 to lose the set. Mustangs really never threatened after their initial win.
Against Palos Verdes (Division 1, No. 7) in the quarterfinals, Breakers played the Sea Kings to the midway portion of each set, but faded twice to lose the match 25-18, 25-15.
Laguna bounced back in the last match and defeated Division 1, eighth-ranked Westlake 29-31, 25-20, 15-9. Sam Burgi, Tyler Alter, and Isaac Wulff were exceptional on offense. Barry Greenough added a kill, solo block and three block assists. It was Laguna’s second win this season over the Warriors (22-6), champions of the Marmonte League.
2016 Redondo Tournament Final Standings – Top 16 of 30 teams
1 Oak Park d. Saddleback Valley Christian 27-25, 17-25, 15-10; 3. Newbury Park, Palos Verdes; 5. Laguna Beach, Carlsbad; 7. Westlake, Foothill; 9. San Clemente, Burroughs; 11. La Costa Canyon, Redondo; 13. South, El Segundo, Calabasas, Valencia/Valencia
On Monday, May 2, Laguna celebrated senior night as the six elder players led Laguna to a 25-19, 25-14, 26-16 win over Lakewood. Breakers closed out their regular season at Saddleback (1-8, 4-19) this past Tuesday, May 3, and at Dana Hills (20-10) on Wednesday, May 4. By virtue of Laguna’s recent wins, they should be seeded second in the Southern Section CIF Division 2 playoffs that begin next week, the Breakers 43rd consecutive year to the post-season.
SSCIF D-2 Poll for May 2: 1 – Oak Park, 2 – Laguna Beach, 3 – Burroughs/Burbank, 4 – West Ranch, 5 – Royal, 6 – Simi Valley, 7 – South, 8 – Capistrano Valley, 9 – Lakewood, 10 – Hillcrest, Others: South Pasadena, Valencia/Valencia, Long Beach Poly, La Canada.