An early-season showdown Tuesday against rival Corona del Mar marked the start of the 2011 campaign for Laguna Beach. In a close match between two highly-regarded teams, it was the visiting Sea Kings who emerged with a 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 25-14 victory.
Corona del Mar entered the contest ranked second and Laguna was third in CIF Division 1-A.
"We watched game film and I thought we played pretty good," Laguna Coach Lance Stewart said. "For our first home game, and first time some of the girls were playing in certain spots, I thought we did well against a very good CdM team.
The teams each had one win under their belts and in game No. 3, Laguna held a 21-19 lead but then gave up six consecutive points and lost, 25-21.
"Three of those points came on mental errors and three on balls that we really needed to control and balls that we weren't controlling. I thought that we were a little cautious when it came to serving and we're not going to win if we don't serve better.