What had the potential to be a sweep and big nonleague win for the Laguna Beach boys’ volleyball team Wednesday turned into a five-game match that ended in a 22-25, 19-25, 26-24, 25-16, 15-11 win for host Newport Harbor. Laguna was on fire in the first two games and made strong plays that took the Breakers to a 2-0 lead in the match and on the brink of a triumph over a Newport Harbor team that is ranked fourth in Division I and just last week handed No. 1-ranked Mira Costa a loss.
But the Breakers, ranked third in Division II, couldn’t put the match away.
Laguna assistant coach Zach Miller said it was a frustrating loss.
“We knew it would be a battle, they’re a good team with experience and confidence,” he said. “We started strong but in the last couple of games, they just didn’t let up.”
The Sailors bounced back from a two-game deficit to win a close third game and deny Laguna a second victory over a highly ranked team on the opponent’s home floor: On March 12, the Breakers beat Corona del Mar to knock the Sea Kings from the top spot in Division II.