High School Roundup: Breakers bond in Hawaii

Laguna Beach boys' volleyball team takes time to recharge for league play with competition in Kamehameha Cup.

April 11, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

The Laguna Beach High boys' volleyball team got back into the swing of things in Orange Coast League competition Tuesday when it took on visiting Godinez.

The Breakers, just a few days removed from a return flight from Hawaii, where they participated in the Kamehameha Cup, showed no signs of jet lag as they polished off the Grizzlies, 25-15, 25-15, 26-24.

Senior middle blocker Maxx McCarter and junior outside hitter Lucas Capobianco had eight and seven kills, respectively, and junior setter JP Wollam and senior setter Grifan Fair had 22 and 13 assists, respectively, for the Breakers who improved to 4-0 in league and 11-6 overall.

Godinez went to 2-2 in league and 8-9 overall.

"It was great to see us jump out to a good start after traveling to Hawaii, and not practicing for a week," Laguna Coach Scott Panaro said. "The first two games, we played with a purpose and sense of urgency.


"Godinez plays with a lot of pride and wasn't about to give up. Our guys came out a little sluggish and made several unforced errors that gave Godinez the lead through much of Game 3. Jake Hexberg came off the bench late and had a few key kills to secure the win."

Hexberg had three kills and a team-high eight digs.

Laguna went 2-3, overall, at the Kamehameha Cup. They defeated both Maryknoll (25-20, 25-19) and Hawaii Baptist (25-22, 27-25), and lost to Waiakea (25-17, 27-25), Kamehameha Kapalama (25-17, 25-19), and Highland of Arizona (27-26, 26-24).

"This was an amazing trip," Panaro said. "The team had an incredible experience and got to experience many of the wonders Oahu has to offer. We were up early every morning and played in the afternoons. We tried to get the most out of our time on the island.

"The boys did a great job of switching gears from beach mode to playing competitive volleyball. We had a few moments that looked like we were still mentally at the beach and could have performed at a higher level, but our team became better friends and a more cohesive unit. It was great to spend time with the boys outside of the gym and see other sides of their personalities. We are already discussing going back next year."

Laguna played an OCL match Thursday against Costa Mesa. The score wasn't available at press time. The Breakers next play at Saddleback at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.


The Breakers won both Orange Coast League varsity meets against visiting Calvary Chapel Wednesday. The girls' team downed the Eagles, 131-24, and the boys' team posted a 117-53 win.

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