Breakers are swept by archrival

Breakers Roundup

Laguna battles Corona del Mar tough in nonleague boys' volleyball match, but Sea Kings prove to be too much in 25-23, 25-16, 25-18 victory.

March 22, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • [Laguna's Jackson Pries, left, gets high above the net to put the ball past Corona del Mar blockers Joe Ctvrtlik, 4, and Jack Reed, 9.
[Laguna's Jackson Pries, left, gets high above… (Don Leach, Coastline…)

In an early season battle between two of the top-ranked teams in CIF Southern Section Division 2, second-ranked Corona del Mar was able to get the best of third-ranked Laguna Beach, 25-23, 25-16, 25-18 on Tuesday.

Jackson Pries, who transferred to Laguna Beach two years from Corona del Mar, led the Breakers (11-6) in kills with 10 in the nonleague match. Weston Barnes had eight kills in the opening game and ended up with 10 kills.

"Tonight was a tough loss to a big rival," Laguna Coach Scott Panaro said. "We played well in game one but were unable to reproduce the same level of play in games two and three. CdM made some good blocking adjustments and was able to slow us down."

Panaro coached at CdM from 2002 to 2004 and said he is good friends with Sea Kings Coach Steve Conti.

"Tonight's match is a likely CIF playoff preview," Panaro said. "CdM is a very well coached team. It is great to play strong competition to see what we need to do to improve. They definitely exposed some of our weaknesses tonight. We have got a lot to improve on, but I am confident we will get it done with good old-fashioned hard work."


Both Laguna and CdM competed last weekend at the Orange County Championships in the 24-team, Division 1 bracket. The Breakers finished tied for third and the Sea Kings reached Monday's final, where they lost to rival Newport Harbor.

Laguna went 4-2 at the Orange County Championships. The Breakers were eliminated from title contention after a semifinal loss to Newport Harbor. Breakers outside hitter Austin Hilleman was named to the all-tournament team.

Laguna began its quest for another Orange Coast League title on Tuesday by sweeping visiting Estancia, 25-14, 25-15, 25-14. The defending champion Breakers have now won 60 straight league games and haven't lost a league match since falling in five sets at Calvary Chapel in April of 2008. Jake Hexburg and Lucas Capobianco both had seven kills and Grifan Fair had 15 assists and five digs for the Breakers.

Panaro said his team gave a "strong performance" against the Eagles.

"It was great to get our first league victory under our belt," he said.


Girls' Soccer

Laguna senior Marina Paul has been named to the All-CIF Southern Section Division 4 team. A two-time All-Orange Coast League selection and this year's league MVP, Paul has been the Breakers' leading scorer and team MVP the past two years.

Paul, who was a four-year varsity performer, will play women's soccer next year at Georgetown University.


Girls' Water Polo

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