Laguna notches ho-hum victory

Girls' volleyball team opens Division 1-A playoffs with a sweep against Atascadero. Cross-country teams win league crowns.

November 11, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,

The Laguna Beach girls' volleyball team won, as expected, in its CIF Southern Section Division 1-A playoff opener Tuesday.

The Breakers, champions of the Orange Coast League, disposed of visiting Atascadero, beating the Pac 7 League's No. 4 team, 25-12, 25-9, 25-19, at Dugger Gym.

Senior outside hitter Chanel Stewart and senior opposite Mackenzie Hester had 10 and nine kills, respectively. Junior outside hitter Marina Paul had six kills and 15 digs, junior middle blocker Caroline Hotle had five kills and junior setter Allison Palmer had 28 assists and 11 digs.


Laguna, which improved to 19-8, is the division's No. 4 seed. The Breakers journeyed Thursday to Yucaipa to take on the Citrus Belt League's second-place team in a second-round match. The winner of that contest advances to Saturday's quarterfinal round against the winner of Thursday's Vista Murrieta-Upland match.

The scores from Thursday's second-round contests weren't available at press time.

The semifinals are set for Tuesday and the division championship match is either Nov. 19 or Nov. 20 at Cypress College.



The Laguna Beach boys' and girls' cross-country teams have reached the point in the season to which both have set their sights set on for the past two months: the CIF Division 4 Preliminaries.

The prelims for both squads are Saturday at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut. The CIF Division 4 Finals are Nov. 20, also at Mt. SAC.

The top 16 teams from prelims, advance to next weekend's finals.

"We should be healthy for CIF," boys' Coach Scott Wittkop said. "Alec Toro missed league finals with the flu and we held Tyler (Nichols) to make sure he would be ready for CIF.

"The kids have worked hard all year and I believe it will pay off this Saturday with a trip to the finals."

Wittkop considers Bosco Tech, which heads the Division 4 poll, and second-ranked Norte Dame/Sherman Oaks Academy, to be the team favorites heading into prelims.

Last week, both the Laguna boys' and girls' teams ran to Orange Coast League championships at Centennial Park in Santa Ana.

The Laguna boys captured the league title with 36 points. Godinez was second with 45 points, followed by Saddleback (49), Costa Mesa (133), Calvary Chapel (136) and Estancia (147).

Laguna senior Matt Neev finished second in the boys' varsity race with a time of 15 minutes 0.7 seconds, just behind Godinez sophomore Jose Penaloza (14:59.55).

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