Breakers finding groove

Laguna, after strong showing at prestigious Dave Mohs Tournament, comes from behind to defeat Torrey Pines.

September 24, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Laguna Beach's Rachele Killian sets a ball for Caroline Holte (16) during a match against Marina during the Dave Mohs girls' volleyball tournament Friday, Sept. 17.
Laguna Beach's Rachele Killian sets a ball for Caroline… (Scott Smeltzer,…)

The Laguna Beach girls' volleyball team improved to 4-2 on the season by coming back from a game down to defeat visiting Torrey Pines, 23-25, 28-26, 25-15, 25-21, Tuesday.

Chanel Stewart had 21 kills and 19 digs, Marina Paul added 19 kills and 18 digs, Caroline Holte had nine kills and junior setter Allison Palmer had 47 set assists and 11 digs.

In previous action at the Dave Mohs Tournament that ended Monday, Laguna won its pool and advanced to the Division 1 championship bracket. The Breakers defeated Huntington Beach, 25-15, 25-15, before being eliminated by Los Alamitos, 25-18, 25-21. The Breakers led Los Al in both games, including 18-12 in the second game. The Griffins went on to defeat Newport Harbor to repeat as Division 1 champion.

During the tournament, Laguna defeated Marina (25-17, 25-20), Santa Margarita (25-21, 25-21) and El Dorado (22-25, 25-19, 22-20) in pool play.

The Breakers, ranked second in Division 1-A, play at fourth-ranked Corona del Mar in a key nonleague match Tuesday.



Girls' Tennis

In the past week, Laguna Beach picked up victories against Sage Hill and El Toro.

Last Friday, the Breakers were 10-8 victors against visiting Sage Hill in a match that went to the wire. The triumph was the first of the season for Laguna.

Taylor Nederlander again swept at No. 1 singles for the Breakers, winning 6-0, 6-0, 6-0. Nederlander, a sophomore, improved to 9-0 on the season in the match. Laguna's No. 1 doubles team of Claire Jaeger and Haley Moss turned in a strong performance and swept their opponents by scores of 6-4, 6-3, 6-0. Freshman singles player Stephanie Tat and the doubles team of Chloe Mansour and Kate McMahon also picked up key wins for the Breakers.

On Tuesday, Laguna turned back host El Toro, 11-7, in nonleague play. The Breakers started off strong in the first round, where they won five of six. In round one singles for the Breakers, Nederlander defeated the Chargers' Kelsey Markle (6-0) and Bianca Sganga defeated Ashley Glick, 6-2. Nederlander and Sganga were subbed out after the first round, Laguna Coach Alec Horton said. In doubles, Parker Poche' and Aislin Elkin won by scores of 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, Jaeger and Moss won, 6-2, 6-4, 6-0, and McMahon and Mansour (LB) won two of three (7-5, 6-4, 5-7).

In a Sept. 14 12-6 loss to Dana Hills, Nederlander swept at No. 1 singles and got a huge win over Joanna Smith, the Dolphins' No. 1 player who is ranked 10th in Southern California in the girls' 18s.

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