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U.S., Hungary to meet in polo series

Briefly In Sports

June 28, 2012

The U.S. Olympic women's water polo team, which includes Annika Dries of Laguna Beach, finishes pre-Olympics play by hosting Hungary in a four-game exhibition series starting Monday at Stanford University in Palo Alto. The second game is 7 p.m. Wednesday at Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos.

The teams also play July 6 at UC San Diego and conclude the series with a 3 p.m. July 8 match at Corona del Mar High. The July 8 match will be televised live on NBC Sports Network.

Tickets for all matches are available at http://www.usawaterpolo.org.

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Pavlik, Kropp take Belmar Open

The top-ranked women's team of Whitney Pavlik of Laguna Beach, and partner Jenny Kropp teamed last weekend to win the division title at the Belmar Open before a packed stadium at Belmar, N.J. The tournament is part of the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series. Pavlik and Kropp rallied to defeat the No. 6-seeded team of Raquel Ferreira and Kathryn Batt, 20-22, 21-12, 15-9, in the women's final Sunday.

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In the first tournament of the 2012 series, Pavlik and Kropp, the No. 2-seeded team, knocked off the No. 1-seeded team of Brooke Hansen and Lauren Fendrick to win the Florida Open at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on May 27. Pavlik and Kropp also defeated Hansen and Fendrick in the semifinals of the Belmar Open on Saturday.

The next series event is the Chicago Open from July 13-15.

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Breakers continue summer hoops play

The Laguna Beach High boys' basketball team won its third straight game in Godinez League summer play Monday by defeating Santa Ana Valley, 63-41. The Breakers previously scored league wins over Santa Ana (72-47) and Orange (62-32).

Laguna played four games last weekend at the Corona del Mar tournament. The Breakers were edged by Servite (43-41), defeated Mira Costa (55-50) and Saddleback Valley Christian (72-57), and lost to Santa Margarita (63-49).

"I thought we played some good teams, held our own and got better," Laguna Coach Bret Fleming said of his team's play at the Corona del Mar tournament. " We played four games in two days with only eight guys. Everybody got a lot of playing time and played well. This is a fun group to coach and I think we'll improve a great deal over the summer."

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Huntington duo wins Laguna Men's title

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