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High School Roundup: Laguna girls' volleyball remains alive

Breakers need five sets to beat Chino Hills in first round of CIF Division 1-A playoffs.

November 08, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
(Don Leach | Coastline…)

It was a first-round playoff match Tuesday , but sure felt like a later-round match for the Laguna Beach High girls' volleyball team.

The Breakers (17-6) rallied from a loss in the first set to win a five-set match against Chino Hills, defeating the Huskies, 23-25, 25-20, 25-21, 17-25, 15-10, in the CIF Southern Section Division 1-A playoffs.

The win advanced the Breakers (17-6) to a second-round date Thursday against Louisville of Woodland Hills. The score of Thursday's game wasn't available at press time. The winner advances to a quarterfinal match Saturday .

Chino Hills, which received an at-large berth to the playoffs out of the Sierra League, ended the year 18-12.

"That's the best first-round team we've played in the playoffs, far and away," Laguna Coach Lance Stewart said. "That's a good volleyball team. They served great and made us fight all night."

Alyse Ford recorded 34 kills and seven digs. Libero Francie Holte had 20 digs, Julia Goggin had eight kills and 10 digs, and setter Sevana Drovak had 45 set assists and eight digs.

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"I thought Sevana (Drovak) played with a lot of grit and toughness out there, and Francie Holte was absolutely outstanding. She had a lot of key digs and played in control."

Laguna held leads of 17-10, in the first set, and 18-11, in the second set. The teams split the first two sets.

"Up until now, we weren't giving up long runs of points in games," Stewart said. "We did in this game. That's something we can't let happen in the playoffs, and expect to win."

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Girls' Tennis

Laguna's march through the CIF Southern Section playoffs came to an end Wednesday in the Division 2 semifinals where the visiting fifth-ranked Breakers were eliminated by No. 2-seed Arcadia, 13-5.

Natasha Keces (6-3), Kira Hamilton (6-3) and Stephanie Tat (6-1) scored wins in singles action. The Breakers' top doubles team of Chloe Mansour/Dominique Willette won two of three sets (1-6, 6-1, 6-4).

Mansour and Willette, who have had an outstanding season, now have a 44-2 record.

Laguna, which won the Orange Coast League title, advanced to the semifinal round after knocking off host Valencia of Valencia, 12-6, in a quarterfinal match Monday . Mansour/Willette swept (6-4, 6-1, 6-0) in doubles and in singles action, 1 Brooke Michaels (6-2, 4-6, 6-2), No. 2 Hamilton (6-3, 6-3, 4-6) and No. 3 Bailey Jaeger (6-2, 5-7, 6-1) each won two of three sets.

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