High School Roundup: Fast start to CIF

Breakers' boys' volleyball team opens with win in CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs.

May 09, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

A fast start that led to an eventual sweep Tuesday has propelled the Laguna Beach High boys' volleyball team forward in postseason competition.

The Breakers won their CIF Southern Section Division 2 opener at Dugger Gym by defeating Corona Santiago, 25-15, 25-18, 25-17. The win advanced the Breakers, the No. 2 seed behind Esperanza in the division, to a second-round match Thursday against South Torrance (Pioneer League No. 2) which won the Division 3 title a year ago.

The score from Thursday's match wasn't available at press time. The winner moves on to the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Saturday to meet the winner of the second-round match between Foothill and Claremont.


Laguna, 18-8 overall, got up early on Santiago and established control of the match. The Breakers went on to defeat the Sharks (13-16-1, Big VIII League No. 3) for the second straight year in the playoffs.

Laguna advanced past the first round of the playoffs for the 36th time in the 40-year history of the tournament. The Breakers improved to 88-33 all-time in the playoffs.

"We came out and played pretty consistently," Laguna Coach Scott Panaro said. "We jumped on them right from the start in Game 1 and sustained that energy pretty much throughout. I thought we really played good, efficient volleyball."

Junior outside hitter Jack Wyett led the Breakers in kills (10) and digs (five). Senior outside hitter Weston Barnes finished with nine kills and four digs, and senior setter Grifan Fair had 31 set assists.

Panaro also had the opportunity to work Nick Rieckhoff, Adam Lythgoe, Troy Thomas, Zack Bekken and Cameron dePyffer, members of Laguna's junior varsity team who were called up to varsity for the postseason, into different rotations throughout the match.

"The thing that impressed me about the game, was our team dynamic," Panaro said. "Our guys played with a lot of excitement for each other. The win was a collective effort."



Both the Laguna girls' and boys' teams captured Orange Coast League championships at the league finals meet May 2 at Costa Mesa High.

The Laguna girls won the title with 611 points. Godinez (335) was second, Costa Mesa (308) third, Estancia (271) fourth, Calvary Chapel (233) fifth, and Saddleback (150) was sixth.

The Laguna boys scored 587 points to win its title. Costa Mesa (434.50) was second, Calvary Chapel (347) third, Godinez (283) fourth, Saddleback (175.50) fifth, and Estancia (32) was sixth.

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