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Breakers earn impressive sweep on the road

Breakers Roundup

Laguna Beach girls' volleyball team travels three hours to defeat highly touted Vista Murrieta, 25-22, 25-16, 25-22.

October 06, 2011|By Mike Sciacca

During the past week, the Laguna Beach and Vista Murrieta girls' volleyball teams swapped spots in the CIF Southern Section Division 1-A rankings, with the Breakers dropping a spot while the Broncos rose one.

Those rankings will change again next week.

Laguna made a statement Wednesday by going on the road and sweeping Vista Murrieta, 25-22, 25-16, 25-22. The win moves the Breakers, who recorded their fourth straight sweep, to 8-4. Vista Murrieta fell to 16-3.

"We were in control throughout, but I was a little surprised," Laguna Coach Lance Stewart said of the road sweep. "They had the home crowd, their cheerleaders were out and it was a three-hour bus trip. But we went out there and served well, hit for a high percentage and dug pretty well. Caroline (Holte) hit at a high percentage and our left sides (Marina Paul and Alyse Wallace-Ford) hit real well. Our setters (Allison Palmer, Rachele Killian) had good consistency and location with their balls.

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"Our record isn't as glamorous as many teams because of the schedule we play. This is a real nice win and it's great to see us playing as a group, and not individually."

Wallace-Ford had 18 kills and 11 digs, Paul 13 kills and eight digs, Palmer 30 assists and 10 digs and Killian eight assists and six digs for Laguna.

Laguna ran its Orange Coast League record to 3-0 by sweeping past Calvary Chapel and Godinez to run its league win streak to 52 matches. The Breakers picked up a 25-14, 25-8, 25-9 at Calvary Chapel on Sept. 29. Wallace-Ford had12 kills and Palmer 27 assists.

On Tuesday, the Breakers easily defeated Godinez, 25-5, 25-6, 25-5. Wallace-Ford had 14 kills and nine digs and Paul seven kills and 10 digs. Sevana Dvorak registered seven digs and Palmer had 23 assists.

The Breakers play two road league matches next week against Saddleback at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Estancia at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. They start play Oct. 14 at the Torrey Pines Tournament.

"We're playing as well as we can against our league foes," Stewart said. "The girls are playing hard, consistent and through in our first three matches. There's been no letdown and that's all I can ask."

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Girls' Tennis

Laguna continued to roll in Orange Coast League action Sept. 29 as it defeated Calvary Chapel, 15-3, for its second league win in as many matches.

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