LAGUNA BEACH — With every serve, every forehand winner that left the crowd yelling in support, it became clear Tuesday afternoon that the Laguna Beach High boys’ tennis team would not be denied.
Technically it was an upset, the sixth-seeded Breakers’ 13-5 pasting of No. 2-seeded Cate in the CIF Southern Section Division IV semifinals. But with how hot Laguna Beach has become, it was hardly unexpected.
The Breakers are headed to the CIF finals for the first time since 1983, when tennis legend and nine-time Grand Slam doubles winner Rick Leach ruled the courts at Laguna Beach High. Their opponent at 3 p.m. Wednesday at The Claremont Club will be top-seeded Cerritos, which defeated Sage Hill on games in another semifinal.