LAGUNA BEACH — The Laguna Beach High girls' volleyball team had Marymount on the ropes during Tuesday night's tight, CIF Southern Section Division 1-A semifinal match, but No. 1 found a way to move on.
The top-seeded Sailors overcame a 2-1 deficit in games at Laguna's Dugger Gym to pull out a 22-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16, 15-10 victory.
The win sends Marymount (22-6) on to the Division 1-A title game Saturday at Cypress College. The Sailors will face second-ranked Redlands East Valley which defeated Corona del Mar in Tuesday's other semifinal.
A spirited performance by the Breakers gave them the upper hand after three games but Marymount turned it on in the fourth game and took a 5-0 lead to start the decisive fifth set to emerge with a hard-fought win.
Laguna, which had a few hitting errors early, could get no closer than three points (6-3 and 12-9) in the fifth set.