Mistakes costly in loss to CdM

High School Roundup

Breakers girls' volleyball team plays well against Division 1-A powerhouse, but can't execute in critical stages of four-game setback.

September 15, 2011|By Mike Sciacca
  • Laguna's Alyse Wallace-Ford hits a ball past two Corona del Mar players during Monday's match.
Laguna's Alyse Wallace-Ford hits a ball past two… (DON LEACH, Coastline…)

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.


"I thought Julia Goggin did a good job in the middle and freshman Alyse Wallace-Ford played well. I thought all the girls did a good job."

Wallace-Ford led the Breakers with 24 kills and Marina Paul had 12 kills and 13 digs. Allison Palmer had 36 assists and a team-high 17 digs and Rachele Killian had 14 digs.

The Breakers travel to San Diego County on Wednesday to take on Torrey Pines in a 5:30 p.m. match.


Boys' Water Polo

The Laguna Beach boys' water polo team started the 2011 season at No. 1 and on Sept. 9, picked up victory No. 1.

The Breakers began defense of their CIF Southern Section Division 3 title at the Laguna pool with a 13-10 victory over Villa Park. The Spartans are ranked third in Division 2. Laguna stormed to a 5-1 first-quarter lead and was up, 7-4, at the half. The Spartans outscored the Breakers, 2-0, in the third quarter to pull to within 7-6.

"I thought that overall, the Villa Park game was a great starting point for us," Laguna Coach Ethan Damato said. "We had some great moments and some not-so-great moments, but in the end we found a way to pull ahead late and put the game away.

"The game gave a great idea of what we need to do to improve and I think we will learn a lot from the good and the bad in that game. Villa Park is a very good team each year and that is our first victory over them since I have been head coach at Laguna, so it definitely felt good."

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