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Laguna wraps up crown

Girls' tennis team completes another dominant run in Orange Coast League, but struggles in nonleague match against powerhouse Corona del Mar.

October 28, 2010|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com
  • Laguna Beach's Aislin Elkin returns a shot during Tuesday's match against Costa Mesa.
Laguna Beach's Aislin Elkin returns a shot during… (KENT TREPTOW, Coastline…)

Coach Alec Horton called it a "tough day at the office" for the Laguna Beach High girls' tennis team Wednesday.

The Breakers stepped away from league play to take on former league foe and rival Corona del Mar in a nonleague match at Laguna and were handed a 15-3 defeat by the Sea Kings, the fifth-ranked team in CIF Division 1.

The bright spot for the Breakers came at No. 1 singles as Taylor Nederlander went 2-1, losing a tough battle against CdM's top player, Lynda Xeopoleas.

In Orange Coast League play, Laguna was a 15-3 winner Tuesday against visiting Costa Mesa. Claire Jaeger played No. 1 singles and swept without dropping a game, as did seniors Bianca Sganga and Haley Moss at No. 1 doubles.

The win wrapped up another league championship for the Breakers, who are 9-0 in league and 11-5 overall heading into Thursday's league finale at Saddleback (the score wasn't available at press time).

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In a league match Oct. 21, Laguna needed only 90 minutes to complete 18 sets and rolled past Godinez, 18-0. Laguna only dropped one game the entire match.

The Breakers travel to Palos Verdes on Tuesday to face Chadwick in a nonleague match at Peninsula Racquet Club. Chadwick is the top-ranked team in CIF Division 2.

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Boys' Water Polo

Laguna put the finishing touches on another perfect season Wednesday in the Orange Coast League by handling league newcomer Saddleback, 24-2, at the Laguna pool. Spencer Dodson netted six goals to lead nine Breakers in scoring. Nolan McConnell scored five goals, Tyler Mancusso had four, Nicky Brunner three goals, Jack Clark scored twice and Samer Alkateb, Camron Hauer, Tommy Renner and Erik Henrickson each scored once. McConnel also had four assists and Henrickson six saves and three steals.

The Breakers opened play Monday at the Servite Tournament and scored wins against La Salle (19-1) and Montebello (17-11) at Valencia High in Placentia. In the win against La Salle, the No. 10 team in Division 5, Dodson had four goals and five assists, Renner scored four goals, Brunner had three goals and Henrickson had 10 saves. In defeating Montebello, the No. 7 team in Division 2, McConnell powered his way for 10 goals to go with three assists, Mancusso scored five goals, Clark had five assists and Henrickson registered 12 saves.

In a key CIF Division 3 nonleague match last Friday in La Verne, then-No. 1 Laguna was edged by host and fourth-ranked Damien, 16-15. McConnell led the Breakers with seven goals.

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