CYPRESS - Lance Stewart stood at mid-court early Saturday evening, a bit misty-eyed.
He had just watched his Laguna Beach High boys' volleyball team complete in 1 hour, 13 minutes, what no Laguna team had done in the last 27 years - win a CIF Southern Section championship.
The Breakers had just put the finishing touches on a surprising sweep of defending champion Westlake at Cypress College, a 25-19, 25-23, 25-22 triumph that gave the school its first section title since 1983.
Laguna rarely trailed in the match - its biggest deficit being two points which came twice but not until the third game.
Stewart couldn't help but feel a bit emotional about the big win.
"I'm just so happy for these guys," said Stewart, who Stewart served a five-week suspension for an unspecified reason to start the season, as assistant Steve Astor was the head man early on. "They put up with a lot of stuff at the beginning of the year, stuff they shouldn't have had to. But these are good kids who worked hard and played hard for one another. It's pure joy to see them win this."