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High School Roundup: Breakers rally to win

Laguna Beach girls' volleyball team bounces back from first-set loss to beat Claremont to open playoffs.

November 14, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

It didn't start out the way they had hoped Tuesday, but the ending is what counted for the Laguna Beach High Breakers, who moved on in the CIF Southern Section Division 1-A girls' volleyball playoffs.

The No. 2-seeded Breakers came back from a set down in their first-round match against Claremont to win the next three sets, and come away with a 21-25, 26-24, 25-19, 25-23 victory over the visiting Wolfpack at Dugger Gym.

Laguna's balanced attack included 14 kills and nine digs by Cammie Dorn, and 13 kills and 11 digs by Sabrina Stillwell, 12 kills and 18 digs by Sage Patchell, Danielle Quirarte had eight kills and eight digs, Francie Holte had a team-high 26 digs, and Aspen Rocha had 27 assists, six kills and 15 digs.

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Claremont, an at-large team from the Sierra League, finished 14-13.

The Wolfpack defeated Serra (Del Rey League at-large) in a wild-card match Saturday, to advance to Tuesday's match with Laguna.

"I thought we had some great contributions, all around," Laguna Coach Raul Papaleo said. "I also thought we didn't play as well as we could have, but we managed to win. [Claremont] played really well.

"We need to improve on our passing. Games are generally won on two skill sets, serving and passing."

Laguna (20-9) advanced to play San Juan Hills (Sea View League No. 2) which on Tuesday swept West Ranch (Foothill League No. 2). The score from Thursday's second-round match wasn't available at press time.

The division quarterfinals are Saturday, and the semifinals are next Tuesday.

Girls' Tennis

A season that was beset by injuries but turned out to be another success, came to a close Monday for the Breakers in the quarterfinal round of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs.

Laguna, a co-No. 2-seed in the tournament, was eliminated from title contention by visiting Beverly Hills, which posted a 13-5 victory.

The match featured several close sets but the Ocean League champion Normans, ranked sixth in the division, were able to squeeze out the win against the Orange Coast League champs.

The Breakers finished the year 14-4, and went undefeated in OCL play.

"Beverly Hills was a tough opponent," Laguna Coach Don Davis said. "We had some chances in a number of sets that we needed to win, but came up short. We lost some close ones."

The Breakers won two sets in singles play. At No. 1, Kira Hamilton picked up a point (4-6, 6-3, 4-6), as did No. 2 Ashley Shelton (6-4, 2-6, 0-6).

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