In a span of 1 hour, 13 minutes Saturday, the Laguna Beach boys' volleyball team bridged the gap between the present and past.
In the process, the Breakers quenched a long drought for the program.
They did it with several members of the program's storied past and present at Cypress College.
Seventy-three minutes after first serve of the CIF Southern Section Division II championship match, the Breakers put the finishing touches on a surprising sweep of defending-champion Westlake, winning 25-19, 25-23, 25-22. The triumph gave the school its first CIF Southern Section title since 1983.
Twenty-seven years of title futility — years in which the school repeatedly put outstanding teams on the court and made deep postseason runs, only to fall short of the ultimate prize — was swept away.
Laguna Beach thus became a CIF boys' volleyball champion for the sixth time in school history.
The school won its first boys' title in 1975 and its second two years later, both under Coach Mike Duncan. Laguna then had a dominating, three-year CIF run (1981-83) under Coach Bill Ashen that led to its next three section championships.