Things couldn't have gone better for the Laguna Beach High girls' tennis team in its Orange Coast League opener Tuesday.
The defending champion Breakers had little trouble with visiting Estancia and the score card reflected a dominating performance that netted an 18-0 victory. Coach Don Davis' squad recorded the shutout despite having two senior players out because of illness (top singles player Lauren Michaels) and injury (doubles player Kate McMahon).
Laguna dropped just six of the 108 games played.
Claire Jaeger won two sets (6-0, 6-0) and Maddy Loomis one set (6-2) at No. 1 singles. Kira Hamilton and Brooke Michaels each won their three sets by 6-0 scores at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively.
Sweeps continued in doubles action as No. 1 Sara Nederlander and Bailey Jaeger and No. 2 Chloe Mansour and Katelyn Bo won by 6-0 scores and the No. 3 team of Nicole Doiron and Kate Rogers won 6-2, 6-2, 6-0.
Prior to starting league play, Laguna began the week with a nonleague match against San Clemente and lost, 16-2. The Breakers also suffered nonleague losses to University and Sage Hill, but defeated 2 Edison in a 9-9 match (Laguna won on games, 77-71). In the Edison win, Laguna took six of nine singles sets. Lauren Michaels (No. 1), Claire Jaeger (No. 2) and Hamilton (No. 3) each won two sets and each lost to Edison's No. 1 player, Sara Stadfeldt.
The match came down to the last round, where Laguna's No. 2 doubles team of freshman Bailey Jaeger and sophomore Brooke Michaels defeated Edison's top team of Kim Tieu/Stephanie May, 6-4, to tie the score at 9.
The Breakers began their bid Tuesday for another Orange Coast League championship and took the first step toward that goal by sweeping visiting Estancia, 25-9, 25-10, 25-17 at Dugger Gym. Alyse Wallace Ford racked up 20 kills and Marina Paul and Sammi Harting each had six kills, with Paul getting a team-high 10 digs. Allison Palmer registered 20 assists and Rachele Killian had 10 assists.
Laguna is 41-0 against Estancia in the all-time series.
In previous action, the Breakers finished in a four-way tie with Corona del Mar, Huntington Beach and Mater Dei for fifth place in Division 1 during the weekend at the 32nd annual Dave Mohs Orange County Championships. Los Alamitos repeated as champion by defeating host Edison in Monday's Division 1 final. The Breakers defeated Centennial/Bakersfield, Murrieta Valley, Orange Lutheran and Yucaipa — the latter in the Round of 16 — to reach the quarterfinals. There, they fell to Los Alamitos, the top-ranked team in CIF Division 1-AA, 25-19, 25-21.
Laguna has three matches in a three-day period next week, starting with a 5:30 p.m. Tuesday league match at Godinez. The Breakers host Vista Murrieta, the fourth-ranked team in CIF Division 1-A, in a 5:15 p.m. nonleague match Wednesday and return to league play at 5:30 p.m. Thursday hosting Costa Mesa.
Boys: The Laguna seniors finished in second place and both the juniors and sophomores placed third at the Dana Hills Invitational last Saturday. Jeff White ran 15 minutes 43.3 seconds to place fourth in the senior race.
Other times for Laguna competitors: Tyler Nichols, 16:15.1; Veda Rebollar, 16:27.9 (second-place); Jack Crawford, 16:37.1 (eighth-place); Ryan Jones, (16:42.4); Casey Koprowski, 16:43.9; Stone Riff, 16:52.8; Kevin Tovar, 16:59.3; Mike Lee, 17:11.3; Miguel Jaimes, 17:36.6; Tim Williams, 17:44.1; Tony Davia, 17:47.3; Mitch Kimball, 17:47.4; Mike Santana, 18:08.7; Grant Barton, 18:10.0; Nathan Sweet, 18:10.5; Spencer Donavan, 18:53.9; Vincent Lasislao, 19:18.0; James Cockrell, 19:27.9; Loic Corbiere, 19:36.2; Tim Nguyen, 20:42.1; Joey Gallo, 20:46.7; John Church, 21:21.8; Ethan Schlatter, 21:26.4; Vickram Kahlon, 28:09.0.
Girls: Laguna sophomores Kay Baskevitch and Monica White placed in the top 10 at the Dana Hills Invitational. Baskevitch ran a 19:38 and White a 19:45 to turn in the 26th and 29th all-time fastest times for the girls' program.
Coach Steve Lalim said that six of the team's top runners did not run at the invitational. Laguna's frosh/soph team placed second in its division and returned home with a trophy.
Other times for Laguna competitors: Amanda Ozuna, 20:39; Faith Hale, 21:11; Anya Miller, 21:17; Darby Winson, 21:32; Victoria Gunell, 21:35; Rachel Hunter, 22:35; Rachel Young, 23:32; Julia Nasiell, 23:44; Andrea Gossett, 23:49; Georgia Conti, 25:50; Sylvi Lyster, 26:53; Nadia Demilly-Otteson, 26:59; Perry Nielson, 27:31; Anika Larsen 28:16.