Laguna can't put it together

Boys' volleyball team unable to overcome rough start in four-game setback to powerhouse San Clemente.

March 17, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,

Laguna Beach fell into a two-game hole Wednesday against San Clemente and couldn't recover as the Breakers dropped a 25-21, 25-15, 25-27, 25-20 nonleague boys' volleyball match to the visiting Tritons.

Robbie McKnight had 30 kills and Alek Burk added 14 kills, Troy Donenfeld had 13 digs and Jack Winn 56 assists for Laguna, which fell to 7-3. Travis Wilson had 17 kills for San Clemente, which improved to 5-0.

"We played well but just didn't play long enough to get the win against a team ranked fourth in the county," Laguna Coach Lance Stewart said. "We were right there.


"I thought Robbie (McKnight) is getting more consistent and I thought sophomore Weston Barnes passed the ball real well. We also are starting to get more production out of our middles, Colin Ceithaml and Max McCarter."

The Breakers played a nonleague match March 11 against Dana Hills and beat the visiting Dolphins in five games, 20-25, 25-14, 25-23, 15-25, 15-13. McKnight had 33 kills, Donenfeld 28 digs and Winn 23 assists.

Laguna begins play today at the Orange County Championships at Edison High. The tournament, celebrating its 37th year, has 32 teams entered and split evenly among two divisions. The tournament begins with pool play and continues Saturday. The final day of competition is Monday, with the Division 2 title match at 5:30 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by the Division 1 final, both at Edison.

Huntington Beach, which won last year's Division 1 side of the bracket, is back to defend its title. Norco also is back to try for a repeat as Division 2 champ.

Laguna reached the semifinal round of last year's event.

"This year' O.C. Championships will be extremely competitive given the parity among the tops teams in the county," Edison Coach Brian Boone said. "Orange County boys' volleyball has some of the best teams in the entire country competing at the highest level. Please come out and watch, it will be exciting."

Laguna, ranked No. 1 in CIF Division 2, is the No. 2 seed behind second-ranked Corona del Mar in Pool 2 of Division 1. Esperanza and JSerra also are in Pool 2. The Breakers open pool play at 4 p.m. against JSerra and take on Corona del Mar at approximately 6 p.m.. On Saturday, they play Esperanza at 9 a.m.

All Division 1 games in pools 1 and 2 are at Edison. Fountain Valley is hosting Pools 3 and 4.

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